Lifescan, employing over 2000 people, is the biggest private sector employer in Inverness and the biggest Life Sciences company in Scotland. Lifescan, previously known as Inverness Medical, was established in 1995 to design and manufacture glucose testing strips, and electronic meters for the global diabetes market. Lifescan is now part of Johnson & Johnson. Their Inverness facility is now regarded as a global centre of excellence for those working in the field of diabetes. In 2012 Johnson & Johnson established Lifescan in Inverness as their sole global base for all research and development they undertake in relation to diabetes. More than £12million of additional investment at Lifescan’s facility has been made as a result of this.
Bridge to Employment is a Johnson & Johnson programme that is run worldwide. It aims to:
- increase the number of students who enrol in higher education
- increase the number of students in health care careers
Lifescan’s BTE Programme has been developed in partnership with the Highland Council, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, the University of the Highlands and Islands and the Scottish Community Foundation.
The programme involves pupils and teachers from six schools in LifeScan Scotland’s travel to work area. The programme involves close collaboration between teachers and LifeScan Scotland staff.
Pupils benefit enormously from taking part. They grow in confidence and acquire a range of employability skills. Importantly, they also increase their awareness and understanding of careers and pathways in health, Science and Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM).