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Located in Seneffe, CEFOCHIM is the Centre of Competence for production trades (manufacturing, quality control laboratory, maintenance,…) in the chemical, pharmaceutical and biotechnological industries. The centre was set up in 2003 by the social partners of the industry, supported by the sectoral training funds brought together within Co-valent. Le Forem joined the project in 2006.

CEFOCHIM offers specific training for workers, job seekers, students and teachers. Each year 4,500 people receive training and 146,000 hours of training are provided at the centre.

CEFOCHIM’s trainers have all acquired industrial experience within companies and the equipment used reproduces industrial processes (clean rooms, ATEX zone, laboratories, maintenance halls).

The Centre of Competence will soon be extended. An investment of 8 million euros, 5 of which comes from the Co-valent training fund, will practically double its surface area. In total, the works include 375 m² of new clean rooms, in addition to the existing 210 m², 5 new “Good Laboratory Practices Compliant” laboratories (microbiology, quality control, cell culture, etc.), an area for the maintenance of bio-pharmaceutical equipment, and 11 new classrooms to improve learning conditions for trainees.

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