Having a good laboratory training program is the best way to create a well-prepared staff who can keep up with changing corporate goals and emerging technology. Lab managers should anticipate future training needs by staying current on evolving safety and regulatory requirements, analysing industry trends on cutting-edge technology, and completing an organizational skills gap analysis. Also, they can assess training and development choices to meet employees’ specific needs, such as introduction to new equipment and how to use the same.

Today, new technologies provide improved equipment and processes, boosting production and efficiency in the healthcare sector. In fact, the global medical technology market is rapidly expanding, as it is expected to reach a staggering $748.20 billion by 2028. This industry includes the development of innovative drugs and vaccinations, as well as equipment, procedures, and systems that help to streamline operations, reduce costs, and improve the quality of medical treatments. So, lab professionals should receive appropriate training to be prepared for all future tasks. 

In this post, we’ll look at some of the best ways to keep laboratory professionals up to date with all upcoming training trends.

Scientific societies

Scientific societies play an important role in promoting professional development for lab employees. These societies organize gatherings that include technical training, vendor demos, and professional development seminars. Organizations with certification programs may also provide continuing education opportunities. 

During these events, lab professionals can learn about new types of equipment or find out more about the upgrades to the equipment they are already using. For instance, if you are part of the biopharmaceutical industry and your attention is shifted to using a single cell sorter in your daily activities, you should attend science events connected to this particular topic. 

This technology can facilitate cell line separation by gently separating single cells onto culture plates and analysing colony development. During such situations, the patented microfluidics technology enables the accurate separation of single cells directly onto a 96- or 384-well plate. As a result, single-cell dispensing for applications such as synthetic biology, cell line development, single-cell omics, and rare cell isolation has become quick, simple, and straightforward.

This is a unique microfluidics technology that combines flow cytometry with liquid dispensing to select and distribute single cells. It is inexpensive, simple to use, and requires no specialized expertise to operate. So, during this type of event, lab professionals have the opportunity to learn about this technology and how to implement it.

Online courses and webinars

Online courses and webinars are some of the most convenient and accessible options for laboratory professionals to gain new skills and refresh those they already have. These can encompass a wide range of issues, including technical skills and procedures, regulatory standards and best practices, professional development, and leadership. 

These courses may be completed at any time and from any location, and they frequently produce certificates or credits that can be used to progress in your profession. They can also include interactive elements like quizzes, feedback, and discussion forums to improve the learning experience and engagement.

Learning management systems

Learning management systems (LMS) are another tool that can assist laboratory professionals in keeping their training and credentials current. These are software systems for managing, delivering, and tracking laboratory personnel’s learning activities and outcomes. They can make it easier to store and access learning materials, including online courses, videos, papers, and evaluations, by centralizing and organizing them. They can also automate and simplify the processes of assigning, completing, and reporting on training and qualifications, as well as provide data and analytics to assess the success and impact of learning programs.

 

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