Talent Academy S4BT: entering the workplace through a learning by doing approach

Talent Academy S4BT: entering the workplace through a learning by doing approach

In this post, we tell you all about the S4BT Talent Academy and why it is a great opportunity for entering the workplace.

After University?

For many students, finishing university brings with it a period of disorientation in which doubts of all kinds arise. 

Continue studying? Do a Master’s degree? Look for work? Go travelling? 

Many opportunities present themselves before us, many different roads and no GPS to show us the way.

Well, the truth is that there is no right road , at least not until you try it and see if it’s for you.

So what should you do? 

Try out companies that guide (not catapult) you into the workplace after graduation and that value your personal skills. 

S4BT Talent Academy

S4BT is a company that has been working in the Life Sciences sector for over 25 years, handling highly specialised projects in companies all over the world.

Since 2017, it has chosen to share its knowledge and experience with young graduates, training the consultants of tomorrow to become part of the S4BT team.

The Talent Academy grew out of a question we asked ourselves: how do we prepare young graduates for specialised professions in a sector that requires a high level of expertise and quality?

Classroom training? Mmm…no, these disciplines are difficult to explain and understand with words alone.

On-the-job training? Of course, but if I don’t explain the context and the relevant regulations first, you won’t know how to proceed.

Talent Academy! A 6-month training course that combines classroom and on-the-job learning based on the concept of learning-by-doing. The first phase is in the classroom with the aim of understanding a new context, the activities and professions it requires and what regulations apply. The second phase is on-the-job, where knowledge acquired is applied to real projects in S4BT client companies.

Welcome to the workplace

Talent Academy provides a warm welcome to the workplace. Our early days were traumatic, with one or two days of introductions and then a headlong rush into operations, running after senior colleagues to learn as much as possible and with the constant fear of making mistakes.

We believe that training, as well as the first few steps into the workplace, need the right amount of time. Time to understand where you are and to get to know the team. We need to involve, motivate and empower people with a programme that is tailored to their abilities.

Learning by doing

The learning by doing approach is based on the key concept that practical experience is the starting point for all educational knowledge. Only through action, the doing of something, is deeper understanding and true learning possible.

That’s why in the Talent Academy we focus on on-the-job training, so that future consultants acquire skills while carrying out their daily tasks. This means working on real projects in S4BT client companies, supported by senior consultants who share their knowledge and experience in the Life Sciences sector.

Some of the advantages of the learning by doing approach are: 

  • increased involvement of participants;
  • the training gap resulting from theoretical training is bridged;
  • the concepts, principles and tools learned can be put into context in real-life situations;
  • allows the skills being taught to be put to the test.


“There is no such thing as luck; there is the moment when talent meets opportunity”.

Lucio Anneo Seneca

Each of us has a talent, that innate ability to do something, that speed with which we learn a skill and grow. 

The Talent Academy wants to draw out the talent in people. The course includes transversal training on the activities that take place in S4BT, giving an overview of the Life Science world, so that trainees can identify their own interests. Once the Talent Academy is over, the best trainees have the opportunity to join the S4BT team of consultants and specialise more in one activity, according to their aptitudes and S4BT projects.


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