Belgium is ahead of the curve when it comes to training talent, optimising innovation, and developing manufacturing processes to support the digital and green transition in biotech and biopharma.
Excellence in talent training
Three training centres are dedicated to helping Belgian and international students, jobseekers, academics, spin-offs, start-ups, scale-ups and multinationals prepare for the future.
Areas of focus include GMP operational activities, STEM immersion, biomanufacturing and supply chain, data and digital, soft skills, and mini MBAs.
Based in Seneffe (Wallonia), aptaskil is the only training centre of the region specialising in production jobs. It offers training programmes to about 4500 people a year, including workers, job seekers, as well as students and teachers. Its expertise is based on experienced trainers and state-of-the-art facilities, similar to those found in industry. Thanks to private, regional and European investments, the centre has improved its infrastructure, doubled its capacity and is planning to expand to Liège (Wallonia) in 2024, aiming to serve more than 6,000 people a year. aptaskil's commitment to providing high-quality training tailored to the needs of businesses and its innovative pedagogical approaches have established it as a key centre of excellence in the country.
ViTalent is a unique training centre for the pharmaceutical and biotech industry, located at the University of Antwerp's Science Park in Niel. Students, job seekers, newly recruited or more experienced employees: we offer a variety of training for every talent, optimally tailored to the needs of companies. Our large technical training hall, advanced lab infrastructure and digital learning tools make ViTalent a future-proof competence centre, fully equipped for the upskilling and reskilling of diverse talent in tune with the newest green, digital and biomanufacturing skills and competencies.
The EU Biotech Campus, located in Charleroi (Belgium), will be a unique multi-operator and state-of-the-art training center and business accelerator to boost the sustainable growth of the renowned health and biotech valley in Wallonia and Belgium. As an international flagship project, it aims to provide cutting-edge infrastructure for outstanding talent development with the newest digital and biomanufacturing skills in biotech and biopharma. The campus is expected to be operational in 2025. The EU Biotech Campus is one of the most strategic investments of the Belgian Recovery and Resilience Plan, approved by the European Commission in July 2021.