New Anglia Life Sciences and Bio-economy Skills Plan published January 2018

A Life Sciences and Bio-economy Sector Skills Plan for Norfolk and Suffolk has been published by New Anglia LEP.  The plan written by Martin Collison as part of a team led by SkillsReach sets out priorities for the growth of New Anglia’s vibrant life sciences and bio-economy sector with an emphasis on how investment in skills can help to deliver growth.  The plan sets out the following priorities for action:

  • Develop an Economic Development Plan for Life Sciences and the Bio-economy as part of the implementation of the Norfolk and Suffolk Economic Strategy.
  • Promote the need for international recruitment and training.
  • Provide more commercial exposure and experience for students.
  • Support the development of higher and degree apprenticeship routes which combine study with work experience.
  • Improve skills provision in ICT, data and maths – for both the existing and future workforce.
  • Develop training in sectors using Life Sciences to develop ‘informed clients’ and create a ‘market pull’ for Life Science innovation.
  • Develop a network for education and training centres working in Life Sciences and the Bio-economy.

The skills plan can be found at: