Co-op students from Synaptive Medical take part in the launch of the Student Work-Integrated Learning Program. With them, from right to left : Synaptive Medical CEO Cameron Piron, The Honourable Patricia A. Hajdu, , BioTalent Canada Board Member Mike D’Amico, Member of Parliament Adam Vaughan. – Photo credit BioTalent Canada
BioTalent Canada is launching a new initiative to increase job-readiness of post-secondary STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) and business students across Canada.
The federally-funded Student Work-Integrated Learning Program will provide $6 million in wage subsidies over four years for 1,000 co-op placements for students to gain work experience in Canadian biotech companies. In addition to wage subsidies, the program will also include a curricula-enhancement component to better align biotechnology programs at post-secondary institutions with the needs of Canada’s bio-economy employers.
This initiative is funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Student Work-Integrated Learning Program.
The purpose of the Student Work-Integrated Learning Program is to build students’ job-readiness throughout their studies, to enable them to better integrate into Canada’s biotechnology sector and find meaningful employment upon graduation.
Rob Henderson, President and CEO of BioTalent Canada. says “Giving students the opportunity to get hands-on experience while finishing their studies will strengthen Canada’s bio-economy by bridging the gap between industry and academia.”
Employers interested in accessing wage subsidies through the program are encouraged to call BioTalent Canada at 1-866-243-2472 or visit biotalent.ca/Co-opFunds.
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About BioTalent Canada
BioTalent Canada is the HR partner of Canada’s bio-economy. As an HR expert and national non-profit organization, BioTalent Canada focuses on building partnerships and skills for Canada’s bio-economy to ensure the industry has access to job-ready people. Through projects, research, and product development, BioTalent Canada connects employers with job seekers, delivers human resource information, and skills development tools so the industry can focus on strengthening Canada’s biotech business. Since 2013, BioTalent Canada has injected over $6.8 million into Canada’s bio-economy while helping 168 biotechnology companies hire over 550 new graduates through federally-funded programs. For more information, please visit biotalent.ca.
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