Securing the advanced therapies talent pipeline through apprenticeships

This event will bring together prospective and current apprentice employers, apprentices, training providers and accrediting bodies to explore the benefits of apprenticeships within the advanced therapies industry and hear the latest developments in the delivery of advanced therapy apprenticeships from the Advance Therapies Apprenticeship Community (ATAC).


The audience will hear from inspirational apprentices as they share their experiences and from employers from across the sector who will give insight into the impact that apprentices are having on their organisations.

There will also be an opportunity to receive top tips and advice from the experts on starting your own apprenticeship scheme and be enlightened during a myth busting session around apprenticeships. 

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10:00 - 10:30

Registration, refreshments and networking

10:30 - 10:35


James Miskin, Chief Technical Officer, Oxford BioMedica

10:35 - 10:45

Introduction to CGT Catapult and the UK ecosystem

Keith Thompson, Chief Executive Officer, Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult


10:45 - 11:00


Dr Ian Campbell, Interim Executive Chair, Innovate UK

11:00 - 11:20

Securing the advanced therapies talent pipeline through apprenticeships: the vision

Dr Stephen Ward, Chief Manufacturing Officer, Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult

11:20 - 12:00

Q&A: Why did we employ apprentices?

Clive Shepherd, Apprentice Manager, Oxford University 
Linda Randall, Executive Director, Biologics Development, Allergan
Sheena Pumford, HR Director, Cobra

12:00 - 12:40

Panel: Our experiences as apprentices

Zack Sawyer, Technician Scientist Apprentice, Autolus

Mike Devey, Technician Scientist Apprentice, Allergan

Jodie Paterson, Technician Scientist Apprentice, Cobra Biologics

Emily Bird, Technician Scientist Apprentice, Replimune 

12:40 - 13:00

Case study: My employment journey

Nick Page, Chief Operating Officer, Oxford BioMedica

13:00 - 14:00 Lunch and networking  
14:00 - 14:30

Apprenticeships: Myth busting with the experts

Dr Kate Barclay, Institute for Apprenticeships, Life Sciences Trailblazer & Independent Consultant

14:30 - 15:00

What next for apprenticeships in advanced therapies?

Miles Lagan, Commercial Growth Manager, Forth Valley College
Angela Gill, Apprenticeship Development Manager, Open University
Dr Samantha Alsbury, Head of Professional Development, TOPRA

15:00 - 15:15

Closing remarks

Dr Stephen Ward, Chief Manufacturing Officer, Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult



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