Retrain ONLINE for a Higher-Paying Job in the Pharma Manufacturing Industry in 16-Weeks

“You DON’T need previous industry experience”

Take our part-time, Conversion Course into Pharmaceutical Manufacturing. Retrain for a job in the Pharmaceutical Industry OR fill in your knowledge or qualification gaps for our follow-on level 7 university accredited programs.

Why Switch to Pharma?

  • You DON’T need a science or chemistry qualification to get a starter job

  • Stable and secure jobs that are free of the ups and downs of the economy
  • 65,500 people directly employed across 200 factories

  • Starter salaries €27,000 – €38,000 (Based on Irish job data)

  • Application Deadline: Wednesday 3rd November

  • You DON’T need a science or chemistry qualification to get a starter job

  • Stable and secure jobs that are free of the ups and downs of the economy
  • Starter salaries $30k to $49k (Based on US job data)
  • Application Deadline: Wednesday 3rd November

  • You DON’T need a science or chemistry qualification to get a starter job

  • Stable and secure jobs that are free of the ups and downs of the economy
  • Starter salaries £20k to £30k (Based on UK job data)

  • Course Price – £ 1,899 or £499/month for 4 months

  • Application Deadline: Wednesday 3rd November

  • Study Online 10 hrs/week
  • 2 Modules over 16 Weeks
  • End of week progress checks and follow up to help you finish the course
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Apply NOW & Take Your First Steps to a Well-Paid Career in Pharma

You Don’t Need Previous Industry Experience

Retrain ONLINE for a Higher-Paying Job in the Pharma Manufacturing Industry in 16-Weeks

“You DON’T need previous industry experience or a science or engineering qualification”

Take our part-time, Conversion Course into Pharmaceutical Manufacturing. Retrain for a job in the Pharmaceutical Industry OR fill in your knowledge or qualification gaps for our follow-on level 7 university accredited programs.

Conversion Course into Pharma

Why Switch to Pharma?

  • Stable and secure jobs that are free of the ups and downs of the economy
  • 65,500 people directly employed across 200 factories

  • Starter salaries €27,000 – €38,000 (Based on Irish job data)

  • Application Deadline: Wednesday 3rd November

  • Program Starts: Wednesday 11th November
  • You DON’T need a science or chemistry qualification to get a starter job

  • Starter salaries $30k to $49k (Based on US job data)

  • Stable and secure jobs that are free of the ups and downs of the economy
  • Application Deadline: Wednesday 3rd November

  • Program Starts: Wednesday 11th November
  • You DON’T need a science or chemistry qualification to get a starter job

  • Starter salaries £20k to £30k (Based on UK job data)

  • Stable and secure jobs that are free of the ups and downs of the economy
  • Course Price – £ 1,899 or £499/month for 4 months

  • Application Deadline: Wednesday 3rd November

  • Study Online 10 hrs/week
  • 2 Modules over 16 Weeks
  • End of week progress checks and follow up to help you finish the course
Apply NOW & Take Your First Steps to a Well-Paid Career in Pharma

You Don’t Need Previous Industry Experience

Join over 1400 other people who have used this course to start a career in pharma without any previous industry experience

Including:

  • Homemakers
  • Self Employed
  • Unemployed
  • Restaurants – Chef, Cook, Restaurant Manager, etc
  • Healthcare – Nurse, Healthcare Assistant, Caregiver, etc
  • Manufacturing – Production Operator, Toolmaker, Fitter/Turner
  • Meat Processing – Operator, Butcher, etc
  • Military – Army, Navy, Air Force, etc
  • Construction – Electrician, Carpenter/Joiner, Foreman, General Operative
  • Warehouse – All Warehouse Workers
  • Sales/Business – Retail Sales, Pharma Sales, Business, Accountants, Finance, etc
  • Other – Farmers, Designers, Architects,  Airline Staff, Beauty/Hair Saloon etc

The world’s biggest pharma and medical device manufacturing companies have hired our graduates after this 16-week program:

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The world’s biggest pharma and medical device manufacturing companies have hired our learners after this 16-week program:

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Conversion Course into Pharma Manufacturing

What Starter Level Roles Could I Retrain For?

STEP 1, you’ll need to complete this conversion course into pharmaceutical manufacturing to retrain for entry-level roles. Here are some of the most common job titles we see advertised on our pharma job boards.

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

Entry-level starting salaries – €27,0000 – €38,000 (Based on Irish job data).

Check out this page for more details on jobs and salaries

STEP 2, then take our 37-week level 7 Certificate in eBioPharmachem program to move your career beyond an entry-level role and beyond, get a university qualification from Technological University Dublin, Ireland and better jobs with a higher salary. Typical roles;

  • Quality Assurance Specialist
  • Documentation Specialist
  • Validation Technician
  • Validation Team Member

And with experience

  • Production Supervisor

Why You Should Switch to Pharma

What You’ll Learn – There Are 2 Modules in This 16-Week Program

Module 1 – Manufacturing Safe Medicines and Medical Devices  (GMP) (Weeks 1-12)

In this module, you’ll learn about the systems used in pharmaceutical manufacturing. You’ll learn about the rules and regulations such as Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) that you need to follow. And you’ll learn enough technical information to get you talking to employers.

You’ll spend 8 weeks learning new technical content and then 4 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 – Advanced Career Coaching (Weeks 13-16)

This is the career bit. In this module, you’ll navigate your way, step by step, through the job hunting process. We specifically designed and built this module for the pharma and med device sector. 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.

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Are there Pharma Factories and Jobs Near Me?

Check out Ireland’s Largest Pharmaceutical Jobs Board to see the latest job openings in Ireland.

Check out 190 Pharma Factories overlaid on a Google Map to see what factories are near you.

Check out this table of 190 pharmaceutical and medical device factories sorted by county for all Ireland and see what factories are located near your home.

Are there Pharma Factories and Jobs Near Me?

Check out UK’s Largest Pharmaceutical Jobs Board to see the latest job openings in the UK.

Find out what pharma factories are near you – check out this Factory locator for the UK to see what factories are within a commutable distance for you

Check out this list of 250 pharmaceutical and medical device companies

Are there Pharma Factories and Jobs Near Me?

Check out the Top 10 Pharmaceutical & Medical Device Industry Hubs in the USA

Common Questions About the BioPharma/MedTech Industry

Why Choose a Pharmaceutical Career?
Job Descriptions and Salaries

Common Questions About the BioPharma/MedTech Industry

Why Choose a Pharmaceutical Career?
Job Descriptions and Salaries

Hear From People Who’ve Taken This Course
Pharma Job Success Stories at GetReskilled

Bharvi Soni

“I found the course interesting, challenging, rewarding and valuable.”

“The course material was very relevant and the course coordinator was flexible and always approachable for any queries.I found the course interesting, challenging, rewarding and valuable. After attending the course I managed to find a job in a pharmaceutical/medical device industry straight away. I am starting to apply the skills that I learnt from the course which will be a great contributor to my career. I already have, and will, recommend this course to others.”

Pharma Job Success Stories at GetReskilled

Sean McLaughlin

“I have a new confidence going into the future.”

“I really enjoyed the course, it gave me great confidence and taught me new skills and most importantly, I am now working in a manufacturing facility. This is an excellent course not just for the insight into the biopharmaceutical industry, but it also gives you a great idea of who you are and through updating your CV and getting involved with social media, betters your chance of finding employment. This programme was hard at times but the help was there whenever it was required.”

Pharma Job Success Stories at GetReskilled

Fergal O’Doherty

“This is an excellent course”

“The course gave me an understanding of key pharmaceutical concepts, document traceability and the science behind pharmaceutical products

This is an excellent course for those wishing to work in the pharmaceutical sector

The online course was very enjoyable and has helped me on a day to day basis in my career”

We’ve got lots more success stories like these. Read ‘em, or try GetReskilled and see the difference yourself.

Price & Start Dates

Price & Start Dates

Price & Start Dates

Application Deadline: Wednesday 3rd November

Program Starts: 11th November

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Mihaela Olariu

“Highly recommended to anyone. This course was excellent.”

““I found the course was run very professionally. The course notes and videos supplied were excellent, the notes tied in very efficiently and accurately with the videos.

Highly recommended to anyone. This course was excellent.”

Pharma Job Success Stories at GetReskilled

Ines Doksa Grabrovec

“It is a hard work but it’s worth it”

“I’m a foreign person in this country with huge experience from my own country but somehow employers just did not recognise my qualifications. However, upon completing this course I finally feel more recognised.”

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Edel Harkins

“Highly recommended to anyone who has been out of the industry for a period of time”

“I would highly recommend anyone in my situation who has been out of the industry for a period of time to do these courses. They have contributed to my new found confidence in my existing and new qualifications, my improved interview skills and my new job!”

We’ve got lots more success stories like these. Read ‘em, or try GetReskilled and see the difference yourself.

If you’re spending money on an education program, make sure you choose one you’ll finish!

With every GetReskilled ONLINE program;

  1. We use one centralized platform (Moodle) where you can log into your classroom anytime. Each week, you’ll watch videos and complete a series of quizzes, tests, interactive activities, and projects. The course materials are available 24/7 and nothing requires you to be online at a specific day or time. i.e there are NO ZOOM classes and NO WEBINARS! Study anywhere, anytime, for example after the kids have gone to bed or on the weekend.
  2. Your working schedules are unpredictable so we offer flexible delivery. Slow down, speed up or pause the delivery of the program.
  3. We release only one week’s worth of material at a time and then MANUALLY check your activity logs at the end of every week to make sure that you are keeping up with your work.
  4. You’ll have a dedicated course leader who will email or telephone you if it looks like you’re starting to fall behind. They will work with you to develop a study plan to get you back on schedule and finish the course.

This helps us to spot any potential issues early and helps you completely finish the program.

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Application Deadline: Wednesday 3rd November 2021

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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.

Your 16-Week Class Schedule

Your Class Director is going to check your study logs at the end of every week and will only release the following week’s materials to you if you have been regularly logging in and completed the previous week’s activities.

And she or he will email or telephone you to keep you on track.

Module 1 – Manufacturing Safe Medicines and Medical Devices (GMP) (Weeks 1-12)

  • Topic-1 Finished Medicinal Products
    In this lesson, we learn about medical products and the various ways drug products are administered.
  • Topic-2 Focus on Patient Safety and Product Quality
    In this lesson, we will develop a deeper understanding of the importance of patient safety and product quality for medicines and medical devices.
  • Topic-3 ISO9001:2008 and ISO 9001:2015
    This lesson is about the key requirements of a quality management system.
  • Topic-4 Product Quality and Current Good Manufacturing Practices [ cGMP ]
    In this lesson, we learn how to scientifically define product quality. This lesson also gives an insight into the high-level principles of current good manufacturing practices (cGMP).
  • Topic-5 API Regulatory Guidelines
    In this lesson, we describe the characteristics of a GMP that can be followed to manufacture an API.
  • Topic-6 ISO-9001 ‘Continual Improvement’ & ICH Q10 Pharmaceutical Quality System
    This lesson explains the concept of ‘continual improvement’ as part of a company’s quality management system and describes an effective corrective action process and a preventive action process (CAPA). It also gives details on the product lifecycle for a pharmaceutical product and describes the monitoring of process performance and product quality.
  • Topic-7 Quality Systems Approach to Pharmaceutical cGMP Regulations-The Quality Systems Mode
    In this lesson, we describe a quality system model in accordance with management responsibilities, resources, manufacturing operations, and evaluation activities.
  • Topic-8 FDA Medical Device Rules-CFR820
    In this lesson, we look at how the FDA classifies medical devices and explore the basis of that classification system.
  • Topic-9 Medical Device Regulations and Guidelines – ISO 13485 / CFR 820
    In this lesson, we look at some GMP regulatory and ISO guidance documents that are associated with the manufacture of medical devices.
  • Topic-1 Process Validation
    In this lesson, we will learn about the various definitions of ‘validation’, as well as for ‘commissioning’, ‘qualification’ and ‘verification.
  • Topic-2 ASTME2500 – Standard Guide for Specification, Design and Verification
    In this lesson, we will describe a specification, design, and verification approach for equipment systems associated with the pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical and medical device industries.
  • Topic-3 PQ,OQ and IQ
    In this lesson, we are going to define the terms installation qualification (IQ), operational qualification (OQ) and performance qualification (PQ), and we will also list what typical project design documents are required to prepare such testing protocols.
  • Topic-4 Cleaning Validation
    This class takes a high-level look at a typical cleaning validation sequence. It looks at how to determine the basis for quantification limits and explains how to determine cleanliness levels on the basis of the analytical testing of representative samples. Sampling is described in terms of sampling-equipment, sampling -locations, and sampling –procedures.
  • Topic-1 Introduction to Quality Risk Management (QRM)
    In this lesson, we will develop an understanding of the history and the crucial importance of risk management as well as the basic steps involved in its application.
  • Topic-2 Fault Tree Analysis (FTA) – step 4 ‘Workshop’ exercise
    In this lesson, we learn about the risk management tool ‘Fault Tree Analysis’ and see an example of where and how we can use it.
  • Topic-3 Failure Mode, Effects (and Criticality) Analysis (FMEA / FMEAC) – Step 4 ‘Workshop’ exercise
  • This presentation shows an example of the main steps in performing a ‘Failure Mode, Effects Analysis’ (FMEA) and describes how this risk management technique summarizes the important modes of (a) failure, (b) factors causing these failures, and (c) the likely effects of these failures.
  • Topic-4 Documenting the Quality Risk Management Process
    In this lesson, we take a practical look at managing a complete risk management process in terms of identifying risk, analyzing risk, evaluating risk, and controlling risk.
  • Topic-1 Batch Organic Chemical Synthesis
    In this lesson, we describe the typical equipment and process stages of the manufacture of active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) using batch organic chemistry synthesis
  • Topic-2 Biopharmaceuticals Manufacturing, Upstream, Fermentation
    This lesson describes a conventional biotechnological process and introduces the following process sequences:

    • Stage-I – Upstream Processing
    • Stage-II – Fermentation / Bio-reaction
    • Stage-III – Downstream Processing
  • Topic-1 Tablet Manufacturing
    In this lesson, we will explore the critical process parameters and quality attributes associated with the manufacture of medicinal tablets.
  • Topic-2 Aseptic & Sterile Manufacturing
    In this lesson, we look at critical process parameters and quality attributes associated with aseptic processing and terminal sterilization products for parenteral products.
  • Topic-1 Purified Water (PUW) Generation, Storage and Distribution
    In these presentations we look at methodologies to generate, store and distribute pharmacopeia grade purified water (PUW).
  • Topic-2 Clean Steam Generators
    The objective of this lesson is to demonstrate how we produce clean steam using ‘Single-Effect Distillation’ ‘Multiple-Effect Distillation
  • Topic-3 WFI Storage and Distribution
    In this lesson, we take a look at a process for the storage and distribution of pharmacopeia grade water for injection (WFI) and how to maintain its specification
  • Topic-4 Engineering Aspects of Cleaning, and Cleaning Equipment
    This class discusses how to clean and decontaminate surfaces using CIP (clean-in-place), agitated Immersion, static Immersion (Soaking), and automated parts washers, ultrasonic cleaning, high-pressure spraying, and manual cleaning
  • Topic-5 Chemistry Aspects of Cleaning
    This lesson explores chemistry aspects of cleaning in terms of solubility, solubilisation, emulsification, dispersion, wetting, hydrolysis, oxidation and physical removal.
  • Topic-6 Steam Sterilization in Place
    In this lesson, we look at the mechanism behind the sterilization of process equipment using saturated steam.
  • Topic-1 HVAC Requirements for Non-Sterile API Manufacturing
    In this lesson, we look at how to use airflow direction as a means of a containment barrier between
    operational areas in a non-sterile multi-product active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) manufacturing facility.
  • Topic-2 Cleanroom Layout
    In these presentations, we take a high-level look at a common cleanroom configuration and discuss items such as airflow direction, filter arrangements, cleanroom garments, and personnel and material flows. Another objective of this lesson is to also gain an understanding of personnel and material flows in a controlled airflow environment designed to contain high potency chemicals.
  • Topic-3 Area Classification Protection
    In this lesson, we observe a range of airlock configurations typically used in combination with safety under operational conditions to maintain the specification of critical environmental zones, such as those used in open processing, that have a major impact on product quality and patient.
  • Topic-4 Cleanroom Gowning
    In this lesson, we describe clothing that will minimize dispersion from skin and clothing for personnel working within a cleanroom environment
  • Topic-5 Cleanroom Monitoring – Physical Tests
    In this lesson, we discuss typical physical tests to monitor cleanroom environments: non-viable particle counts, pressure differentials, airflow velocity, air change rate, and filter integrity testing.

Write a 4-5 page essay, which you could present at a job interview to clearly demonstrate your Technical Knowledge and Understanding of the Quality Culture necessary to work in a GMP regulated manufacturing environment. It will confirm your understanding of how to Manufacture Safe Medicines and Medical Devices in a GMP regulated environment and will include the following topics:

  • The key requirements of a quality management system
  • The manufacturing responsibilities for quality systems
  • The cleaning validation sequence and how to determine cleanliness levels
  • The documentation of a complete risk management process in terms of identify risk, analyzing risk, evaluating risk and controlling risk.
  • The typical equipment and process stages used in the manufacture of active pharmaceutical ingredients
  • The critical process parameters and quality attributes associated with the manufacture of tablets.
  • The generation, storage and distribution of pharmacopeia grade Purified Water (PUW).
  • The common cleanroom configuration and airflow direction that governs personnel and material flows in a biopharmaceutical manufacturing environment

Now you will start the Advanced Career Coaching elements of this course to develop the skills you will need to find a job in this industry.

Module 2 – Advanced Career Coaching (Weeks 13-16)

  • Learn about your local BioPharma/MedTech manufacturing industry in detail
  • Understanding pharma industry jargon.
  • How to find the roles that are right for you
  • How to job hunt when you already have a job
  • Assessing your own skill set and how to sell that to employers
  • What employers expect from your application
  • CV and cover letter writing skills that are highly tailored to a job advert with personalized feedback
  • Develop a list of appropriate companies and people for speculative job applications
  • Practice writing speculative applications
  • How to make successful speculative applications
  • Network effectively both on and offline
  • How to use social media in your job hunt
  • Interview preparation
  • How to deal with psychometric testing

Complete a 9-step application process simulation for a BioPharma/MedTech job, using the relevant tools and techniques you have learned, including the following;

  • Discuss your local BioPharma/MedTech manufacturing industry
  • List the departments and job roles where your skills are best suited
  • Understand your current skill set and how to discuss that with employers
  • Network effectively both on and offline
  • Write a CV and a cover letter that are highly tailored to a job advert
  • Write a speculative application and have a list of local companies appropriate for such an application
  • Prepare for an interview

You will receive an end of course certificate from GetReskilled upon the succesful completion of all assessments and assignments.

Show Off Your New Skills: Get a Certificate of Completion

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

Add details of your certificate to your CV/Resume or your LinkedIn profile.

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15 Frequently Asked Questions

We release only one week’s worth of material at a time on our lesson management system (Moodle) 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, it’s enough to get you the job. However, once you start work, you can expect months of detailed on the job training (6 months is not uncommon) before being left to work unsupervised on the factory floor. As a matter of fact, it doesn’t matter what your technical background is. Every company has different standard operating procedures (SOPs) so all new employees irrespective of their experience have to undergo some form of on the job training.

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