Pharma Manufacturing Essentials Course

Still deciding on your next step? Study ONLINE for a well-paid entry-level job in the Pharma Manufacturing Industry

  • 10-week ONLINE course – including full job hunting support
  • No previous experience or science qualification required

Why Pharma?

  • Get a career jump-start on your classmates and start earning in 10-weeks

  • Strong and stable industry that grew throughout COVID
  • 5,200 MORE jobs expected by 2023

  • Starting salaries €520 per week (that’s €27,000 – €39,000 per year)

  • Application Deadline: Wednesday 8th September

  • More jobs available now than ever before

  • Starting salaries £290 per week (that’s £15,000 – £24,000 per year)

  • Application Deadline: Wednesday 8th September

Course - Pharma Manufacturing Essentials

Pharma Manufacturing Essentials Course

Still deciding on your next step? Study ONLINE for a well-paid entry-level job in the Pharma Manufacturing Industry

  • 10-week ONLINE course – including full job hunting support
  • No previous experience or science qualification required
Course - Pharma Manufacturing Essentials

Why Pharma?

  • Get a career jump-start on your classmates and start earning in 10-weeks

  • Strong and stable industry that grew throughout COVID
  • More jobs available now than ever before
  • Starting salaries £290 per week (that’s £15,000 – £24,000 per year)
  • Starting salaries €520 per week (that’s €27,000 – €39,000 per year)

Our graduates work for the world’s biggest pharma, vaccine and medical device manufacturing companies

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Our graduates work for the world’s biggest pharma, vaccine and medical device manufacturing companies

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AstraZenega Logo

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This programme will help you deal with the uncertainty of next year

With so much uncertainty still around for the next academic year – this programme offers you a clear path forward that you can rely on.

We’ll give you all the technical and job hunting skills you need to take your first step in a pharma career. You’ll be ready to start applying for entry-level roles in 10-weeks.

We use one centralized platform (Moodle) where you can log into your classroom. There you can get assignments and interact with faculty. Each week, you’ll complete a series of videos, quizzes, interactive activities, and projects through our online platform, available to access 24/7.

You’ll have a dedicated course leader who will email or telephone you if it looks like you’re starting to fall behind.

Please note: There are NO ZOOM classes or webinars!

If you want to pursue a degree, this is the best of both worlds! We have academically accredited follow-on programmes that you can start as soon as you’ve got your first industry job. You could graduate at the same time as your classmates BUT have 3-years experience… and salary (!) as well!
Check out this page for more info about our degree option.

If you’re not interested in a degree, no problem – you’ll have enough to start your career (and start earning!) with an entry-level job after 10-weeks!

What you’ll learn – There are 2 modules in this 10-week programme

Module 1 – Manufacturing Safe Medicines (6 weeks)

In this module you’ll learn about the systems used in pharmaceutical manufacturing. You’ll learn about the rules and regulations that need to be followed. And you’ll learn enough technical information to get you talking to employers.

You’ll spend 4 weeks learning new technical content and then 2 weeks writing your assignment (but don’t worry, we’ve got a professional writing skills programme to guide you through the assignment writing process and equip you with the written communication skills you need for starting in the industry).

Module 2 – Job Hunting Skills (4 weeks)

This is the job hunting bit. In this module you’ll navigate your way, step by step, through the job hunting process for the pharma industry. By the end of it, you’ll know which jobs you’d be perfect for, where to find them, and how to make applications to give yourself the best chance at success.

Price & Start Dates

Price & Start Dates

Application Deadline: Wednesday 8th September 2021

Program Starts: 16th September

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How do I Apply?

It’s a simple 8 step process:

  • Step 1 – click one of the big red buttons on this page that says “I want to get started”
  • Step 2 – fill in your details (including a phone number you can be called on – this is important!)
  • Step 3 – read the email we send to the address you give us, and wait for a phone call (typically within 1 working day)
  • Step 4 – chat to the course advisor on the phone call to make sure you have all the relevant details and are a good fit for the programme (please note, this person doesn’t work in sales – they’re the person who’d be guiding you through the programme and the purpose of the call is to make sure you’re clear about all the aspects of the course)
  • Step 5 – read the follow-up email from the course advisor
  • Step 6 – if you want to proceed, fill in the ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM that’s sent within that email
  • Step 7 – you’ll have another call with the course advisor to arrange payment and get all the details about starting the programme
  • Step 8 – start your programme and study online part-time for the next 10 weeks!
I want to Get Started!

What Type of Jobs Would I Be Suitable For?

Here are some of the most common job titles we see advertised.

Process Operator. Some companies call this role:

  • Cleanroom Operator
  • Chemical Process Technician
  • BioProcess Technician
  • Process Technician

Manufacturing Operator. Some companies call this role

  • Manufacturing Team Member
  • Product Assembler
  • Production Technician
  • Production Operator
  • Manufacturing Technician

Packaging Operators. Some companies call this role: 

  • Packaging Technician

This bit’s important, so we’ve dedicated a whole page to it.

Check out this page for a list of jobs you’d be suitable for after the Pharmaceutical Essentials Course.

What’s the Industry Like in my Area?

Both the UK and Ireland have strong and growing pharmaceutical industries..
As well as leading the way in the initial pharma response to COVID, both countries have now announced plans for ongoing manufacturing of COVID vaccines.

In both countries, we’re seeing more pharma manufacturing jobs available now than ever before!

For more info about the industry in your area:

Delivered by a Practicing Industry Expert

Dr.Joe Brady Lecturer at GetTeskilled

Dr. Joe Brady

Full-Time Validation Lead
Lecturer, Technological University Dublin
Senior Associate, GetReskilled

Dr. Joe Brady is a full-time practicing Validation Lead and an assistant lecturer with Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin), in the School of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Joe is a certified trainer and highly experienced in competency-based training. He designs and prepares educational modules and full academic programs ranging from MSc, MEngSc. BSc, to Certificate level, for a range of academic institutions.

He is also a supervisor for MSc/MEngSc and Ph.D. theses. Joe has over twenty years of project experience in the pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical and medical device industries in Ireland, Singapore, China, The Netherlands, France and the USA.

Meet Your Online Classroom Support Team

We have a team of in-house experts to provide guidance and support, whenever you need it.

Course Leaders & Coordinators

Safe Medicine Course Coordinators

Your Course Leaders & Coordinators are here to provide you with answers, tips, and are going to check your progress weekly to keep you on track and will reach out to you by email or even by phone if you fall behind!

Career Coaching

Safe Medicine Course Director

Meet Claire who runs GetReskilled’s Advanced Career Coaching Programme – our specially devised job hunting course that helps our trainees take that final step into employment by leading them through the job hunting process.

Show Off Your New Skills: Get a Certificate of Completion

Once the course is over, complete a written assignment to get certified in our Pharma Manufacturing Essentials Course.

Add it to your CV or your LinkedIn profile.

Manufacturing Safe Medicines
I want to Get Started!

Got Questions?

There are 2 ways to get your Pharma Manufacturing Essentials questions answered:

Frequently Asked Questions

We release only one week’s worth of material at a time and then check your activity logs weekly to make sure that you’re managing to keep up with your workload. This helps us to spot any potential issues early. There is a “Progress Bar “on your course which is helpful to you and us to know how you are doing.

You have a dedicated course leader who will follow up with you if it looks like you’re starting to fall behind. She’ll also be in touch weekly to let you know when new content is open for you.

Pharma and med device jobs are stable, secure and well-paid and hence there can be a lot of competition for these jobs. In addition, the recruitment processes for many companies in this sector is generally multistep, rigorous and slow. It can often takes months.

Most people drastically underestimate the number of job applications and interviews required, along with the waiting time and persistence needed to find a job. This is especially true if you are coming from the construction or service sector where you can often get hired quickly or even on the spot.

If you don’t live in an area where there are a large amount of pharmaceutical or medical device factories located within commuter distance, you may need to move to find work.

Yes, this program is delivered fully online.

Each week of online content typically includes 6-10 topics.

Each topic includes:

  • A set of course notes – these provide additional depth to the video content.
  • Warm-up self-assessment question – to recap or activate any relevant prior learning.
  • A video – these are typically 5-10 minutes long and deliver 80% of the course content.
  • Post video self-assessment questions to check how well you can recall this new material from memory. If you can’t answer these questions, you should revisit that topic’s learning materials.
  • Any follow up assessments or assignments.

The main goal of this program is to retrain you to find an entry-level or starter job within the pharmaceutical or medical device manufacturing industry. Please note that if you want to move beyond entry-level positions, you are going to need to upskill further.

The program is broken into two modules:

Module 1
You’ll learn about the systems used in pharmaceutical manufacturing. You’ll learn about the rules and regulations that need to be followed. And you’ll learn enough technical information to get you talking to employers.

Module 2
This is the career bit. In this module, you’ll navigate your way, step by step, through the job hunting process. This specially-designed module is industry-specific. By the end of it, you’ll know which jobs you’d be perfect for, where to find them, and how to make applications to give yourself the best chance at success.

Most students report between 8-14 hours per week.

No you don’t. The online classroom is open 24 hours a day so you do not have to login at any particular time. We will give you a Username and Password on the day the program starts and this allows you 24 hours a day access. There are NO ZOOM classes or live webinars!

No – there are no specific times that you need to be online to take this course. The online classroom is open 24-hours a day, you do not have to login at any particular time.
The day the course starts you are given a username and password and this allows you 24-hour a day access to your course.

Yes, you can speed up or slow down the rate of delivery to suit your requirements. The most important thing is communication between you and your course coordinator. If you are taking a break or are busy at work and do not have time to study you need to tell her or him. Similarly, if you want to study at a faster rate, then just email in good time and ask for more course content.

Yes, you can take it from anywhere you have a decent Internet connection.

No, we can’t. But we can guarantee you that the average wages are at least 25% above average.

Yes, this course is relevant to both the pharmaceutical and medical device industries.

Yes, you can study all the way to a Degree.

STEP 1,  this conversion program is a stepping-stone to our follow-on specialisation, Certificate in eBioPharmaChem. Take this Certificate to get a level 7 university qualification from Technological University Dublin, Ireland to get a more interesting job with a higher salary

STEP 2, then take our Certificate in Validation to move into a validation role.

STEP 3, Finally, if you have completed our Certificate in eBioPharmaChem and Certificate in Validation which are standalone programs, you are already halfway to a level 7 Degree. Take 6 more modules to get a degree in Degree in Manufacture of Medicinal Products (DT 291)

You will have your own designated course coordinator who will check your activity logs every week and follow up with you to make sure you get to the end of the course. If it looks like you’re falling behind, they’ll reach out to discuss your challenges and help you put a plan in place to get back on track.
We believe that it is this system of checks and communication that leads to us having a 92% course completion rate.

No – the fees listed for each course are the total that are required. There are no hidden registration, exam, or certification fees.

No – we have a variety of payment plans.
For all our courses, we offer monthly payment plans. Please contact geraldine.creaner@getreskilled.com for details, or discuss the options on your application follow-up call.

Your individual job prospects will vary depending on your work experience to date, your education, where you live, and how far you’re willing to commute.

Talk to your advisor on your application follow-up call for more details, or check out these pages for Ireland and the UK

The types of role you’ll be able to apply for will be influenced by your qualifications, previous work experience and the course you take. Please see each course page for an idea of the roles the course will prepare you for.
Part of the purpose of the application follow-up call is to determine that you’ve selected the most appropriate course for you so don’t worry if you’re not 100% clear about this before applying.

It depends on the company, the country, and the role you are employed in.

Click here to see our Pharmaceutical Job Description and Salary Guide.

Our success rate in 2020 was 82%.

GetReskilled is a private training provider that delivers vocational education for the pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturing industry. It focuses on the development of a mature workforce and over the last 13 years, has trained over 4,000 people.

Whether you are over 30 and looking for a career change, or you’ve been laid off from your job we ​do not believe that you should settle for just any career. We aim to challenge the idea that you’re too old or it’s too difficult and expensive to change careers.

The goals we have are: to build local talent pools of operator and quality technician to support the expanding pharmaceutical manufacturing industry; to use online vocational education to teach about the quality systems necessary to consistently manufacture safe and effective medicines for patients; and to provide the career coaching tools necessary to build a successful career in a new industry.

These programs and courses build talent and change lives.

We have offices located in Cork (Ireland), London (UK), and Boston (USA), and other locations around the world.