RESILIENCE Medicines Manufacturing Skills Centre of Excellence

The National end-to-end talent development network for the UK medicines manufacturing sector, delivered in partnership with Innovate UK and DSIT.


The RESILIENCE Medicines Manufacturing Skills Centre of Excellence is a partnership between the University of Birmingham (Lead), University College London, Heriot-Watt University, Teesside University and Britest Limited.

The Centre of Excellence will bring together leading regional training providers to support the UK life sciences workforce by delivering high quality training and outreach, spanning the entire careers pipeline for industry, academia, and NHS.

We will adopt a co-ordinated and scalable approach to skills development for the UK medicines manufacturing community. The Centre of Excellence will comprise a network of academic delivery partners with an unrivalled track record for delivering training for the medicines manufacturing community. We will draw on our existing infrastructure for rapid operationalisation, building onto them new approaches such as:

Co-created, co-branded core materials for training and outreach that are readily scalable across the UK.

Digital training approaches including cutting edge virtual reality and mixed reality to enable standardisation and consistency across our network.

Accelerator programmes for T-level students, undergraduate placement students, graduates and CPD trainees, and apprenticeship cohort activities, supporting all career entry points.

Key benefits will include


Creation of new training activities to support areas with identified skills shortages.

National Network

A national network with common core training will enable consistency in training delivery. 

Driving workforce growth

Training will evolve with input from users, with EDI embedded to improve accessibility to drive workforce growth. 


The use of Virtual Reality/Mixed Reality enables sustainability and scaling, whilst supporting digital and computational skills awareness and development. 

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