Apprenticeships crucial at pharmaceutical firm

Twenty employees complete training at Shasun

Dudley-based Shasun Pharma Solutions
Dudley-based Shasun Pharma Solutions

Twenty employees working in manufacturing at a North Tyneside pharmaceutical firm have completed apprenticeships in Improving Operational Performance.

For the past year, the Shasun Pharma Solutions Ltd staff have been working with training provider Access Training towards full apprenticeships, including NVQs in Performing Manufacturing Operations, technical certificates in Industrial Environment Awareness and functional skills in English and maths.

The healthcare business operates in a highly regulated environment, so the Dudley-based firm strives to ensure employees are fully trained. Their training records are also rigorously documented and available for audit by customers and regulatory authorities.

Shasun training manager Larry Steel said: “We operate a tightly regulated business so maintaining the safety of our site and protecting the environment are both paramount. It is also vitally important that the materials we produce are right first time so manufacturing processes and quality control systems are controlled and rigorous.

“For all of these reasons, staff training is a priority because we know that to prove our competency and maintain the very highest levels of quality we need employees who are engaged, experienced and fully trained in the very latest techniques, technology and manufacturing procedures.

“We have been able to adopt a bespoke training programme with Access Training that works around our shift patterns and delivers on-site training to take into account that it’s not always convenient for employees on the programme to leave site during the day.

“This has been invaluable to us as few providers offer such flexible solutions.”

Gary Thorpe, a trainer at Access Training, said: “At Shasun these 20 employees have completed their apprenticeship in just 12 months without having to leave site or to travel to other training venues. They’ve been able to gain a formal qualification to supplement other in-house training programmes, and are delighted to have been given the opportunity to up-skill, enhance their competence and position themselves ready for future career progression.”

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