HELIS Academy

HEalth and LIfe Sciences Academy

Increasing the industry readiness level

In April 2018, the cross-border project HELIS Academy is launched to optimise the Life Sciences & Health (LSH) cluster in the Netherlands and Flanders. The main purpose is to bridge the gap between the skills and knowledge of graduate students and the required competences in life sciences jobs. The project focusses on the development and alignment of teaching programmes to increase the industry readiness level of the profiles required. This project is financed by the European fund for Regional Development and co-financed by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy.

Programmes for a better labour market entrance

In the HELIS Academy, partners from academia and industry will work closely together to assess the teaching and training needs of health and life sciences companies in the region. Following the assessment, the project will provide six tailor-made programmes to help postgraduates enter the labour market with the required knowledge and competences in specific LSH domains. Following the completion of the three-year project, it is expected that each year 160 students will be able to participate in teaching programmes from the HELIS Academy.

The HELIS programmes will cover the following topics:

Orientation with screening instruments

Students are often unaware of the diverse possibilities for jobs in the life sciences. Therefore there is a need for new screening instruments that will enable students to map their own competencies and see which ones they need for a particular job. Furthermore these tools will enable companies to optimise their screening policy for the skills of their current staff.

A sustainable HELIS Academy

By bringing together cluster organisations, knowledge & research institutions, industry and government, the HELIS Academy will be able to provide a solution for the current skill gap that students face when transitioning to the labour market. This will be done by creating an efficient and sustainable training programme.

The Top Sector LSH is part of the driving force of the HELIS Academy.

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