MTPConnect’s Researcher Exchange and Development in Industry (REDI) is a four-year, $32 million initiative funded by the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) that aims to deliver system-wide improvements to skills development and training programs for the MTP workforce.
In delivering the REDI program, MTPConnect is partnering with research, training and industry organisations to deploy an integrated three-pillar plan driving skills development and workforce training for the MTP sector nationally.
MTPConnect has conducted a comprehensive ‘root-and-branch’ review of current and future skills gaps, in three phases, to form the foundation for a contestable funding program of new initiatives to fill emerging skills gaps not currently addressed in the sector.
The first interim report published in 2020 identified priority skills gaps that needed addressing across the sector in the near-term to unlock significant value for the MTP sector within the next 12 – 18 months.
The second more comprehensive 'root and branch' review, Driving skills development and workforce training for the future MTP workforce, was published in March 2021 and identifies 20 skills gaps that require priority action in the sector to power the next wave of innovation and growth.
The third review, Positioning the MTP workforce for post-pandemic prosperity, examines skills gaps that have grown in importance because of the COVID-19 pandemic. This report focuses on biosecurity, infectious disease resilience and advanced manufacturing. Collectively the four gaps highlighted relate to the design and development of drug and vaccine design using a sovereign supply chain based predominantly within Australia. Of note, is that the gaps and solutions are highly nuanced demonstrating the maturing of the MTP ecosystem.
Collectively, these three reports provide a skills development blueprint to ensure Australia’s MTP workforce is industry-ready, fit for post-pandemic prosperity and appropriately positioned to capitalise on current and future global opportunities.
Skills gaps addressed by the REDI Initiative - see the related programs and course training dates being delivered by our REDI partners.
For current opportunities to fill these skills gaps and for more information go to REDI Training & Provider Opportunities and REDI Clinical Entrepreneur Program Provider Opportunities.