Skills and Training in Formulation Technology – Developing People for Business Success

Cogent Sector Skills Council: Seminar for Industry – Free to attend

15th March 2013, The Heath, Runcorn

Formulation Science and Technology is an essential capability which underpins business success in sectors as diverse as pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, detergents, food, agrochemicals, paints, inks and lubricants. However until now there been a lack of coherent provision of skills and training for formulation. As a consequence, employers report that it remains difficult to both find and develop employees with the right skills for scientific, technical and production functions at all levels from vocational to professional. This has an obvious knock-on effect on the ability of those companies to innovate in both products and processes.

The good news is that now something serious is being done about skills provision for formulation. Cogent Sector Skills Council would like to invite you to a free Seminar where you can hear about Gold Standards in Formulation- (tools that your company can use right away – as well as get involved in the plans for a proposed new Industrial Partnership for Formulation Skills and Training. There will be a chance to hear from industrial speakers about why skills and training in formulation are so important to them in as well as to hear about the major new developments to support innovation and R&D in UK industry which will result from the Special Interest Group (SIG) for Formulation, sponsored by the Technology Strategy Board.

To register to attend this free seminar, simply e-mail your full contact details to Ryan Jones at Cogent SSC: E: or T: 01925 515245.

This seminar is supported by Chemistry Innovation KTN and iFormulate Ltd


9.00 Registration: tea/coffee & networking

9.50 Welcome. Jenny Clucas: Cogent SSC

10.00 Why is Formulation important to industry and what are the opportunities? Paul Stott – AstraZeneca – Director, Formulation Science

10.30   Cogent’s Gold Standard Framework and the new Gold Standards in Formulation. Jenny Clucas:  Cogent SSC

11.00   Professionalising Formulation – Members Opinions and the Role of Professional Bodies. Hilda Coulsey:  IChemE

11.20   Break – tea/coffee

11.35   The proposed Industrial Partnership – How could it work for industry? Jenny Clucas:  Cogent SSC

12. 05  What Could a Formulation Curriculum look like? Jim Bullock: iFormulate Ltd

12.30   Lunch: Networking

13.30   Interactive workshop session:

What are the most pressing needs and challenges of companies?

What are the examples of best practice in industry?

How should an Industrial Partnership function?

Which other elements are important and should be incorporated?

What should be in a formulation curriculum?

14.15   New opportunities for industrial innovation in formulation – the new TSB funded Formulation R&D call and the proposed National Formulation Centre. Darren Ragheb: Chemistry Innovation KTN

14.45   Wrap up & close