A BUSY Q3
Q3 has been an extremely busy time in the Technical Services division with the launch of our new website, 2 new starters and the recruitment for and commencement of both our QC and validation programmes, our 2nd and 13th cohorts respectively.
As mentioned in our last newsletter our Quality Control Analyst programme was badly affected by the Covid-19 restrictions. We had just completed our inaugural programme when the virus arrived. While our new QC Analysts were industry ready, recruitment of QC analysts across the industry was suddenly stalled. Also, as this programme is almost exclusively hands-on training in the laboratory in Sandyford, we made the difficult decision to stall the programme.
It gives me great pleasure to report that we have now placed our first QC Analyst in industry and have recommenced our QC analyst training programme. Shalini Thakur has taken up a role in the QC laboratory at BMS (meet Shalini in our New Starter section), and cohort 2 of our QC Analyst training programme has commenced training.
It is a major milestone for Technical Services to have our first Analyst placed in industry and we look forward to many more placements of high-quality trained Analysts in the not too distant future.
The structures to deliver the training programme in our laboratory in Sandyford, in a safe manner, have been implemented. This included devising a schedule and a laboratory layout structure that ensured government guidelines are adhered to at all times. The training room beside the laboratory has been converted into a write-up area and the trainee analysts divide their time between the lab and the write-up area based on their activities throughout the day.
Six science graduates have been recruited and have commenced the programme!