New "BioReady™" On-Line Tool Offers Hope for Unemployed Manufacturing
KITCHENER-WATERLOO, ON, Feb. 8, 2012 /CNW/ - BioTalent Canada, a national organization that addresses skills and human resources
issues to ensure the bio-economy has access to job-ready people, was in
Kitchener / Waterloo today launching an on-line skills transfer tool
designed to assist unemployed manufacturing workers in gauging their
readiness to work in biomanufacturing.
Speaking to a group of industry and business leaders in Kitchener /
Waterloo today, Rob Henderson, Executive Director of BioTalent Canada,
said that unemployed manufacturing workers are missing employment
opportunities because they're unaware that their skills may match those
"Our research shows that many traditional manufacturing skills are
transferable to the biomanufacturing field. But unemployed workers
simply do not know this," said Henderson. "Today we've launched an
on-line evaluation tool that can start them on a process towards
quality employment in the biomanufacturing field."
Traditional manufacturing and biomanufacturing have a lot in common.
Areas where required skills overlap include:
• Machinery and equipment installation
• Resources monitoring and control
• Machinery and equipment operation
• Mechanical equipment maintenance and repair
"With many workers in transition to new opportunities, we welcome the
BioTalent Canada initiative and encourage manufacturers and unemployed
workers to take advantage of it. The on-line skills tool represents a
creative, new approach for job seekers in our Region," said Carol
Simpson, Executive Director of the Workforce Planning Board of
Waterloo, Wellington and Dufferin.
The process of transferring skills from traditional manufacturing to
biomanufacturing is so extensive that BioTalent Canada has collaborated
with industry to create a "BioReady™" label for workers once they are
verified as fitting the criteria. Individuals who wish to access the
on-line skills transfer tool should visit the BioTalent Canada web site
Representatives of BioTalent Canada were in the Kitchener/ Waterloo and
Guelph areas conducting information sessions on the new skills transfer
tool announced today. Local employment agencies are the first in Canada
to receive the training.
BioTalent Canada plans to roll out the skills transfer program in other
parts of Canada later this year. The goal is to use the new program to
fill 100 positions in the biomanufacturing sector by the end of 2012.
Canadian biotechnology companies are currently suffering from a
nation-wide skills shortage. BioTalent Canada is working with the
industry on a range of potential solutions.
About BioTalent Canada
BioTalent Canada TM helps Canada's bio-economy industry thrive globally. As a non-profit
national organization of innovators leading our bio-economy, BioTalent
Canada anticipates needs and creates new opportunities, delivering
human resources tools, information and skills development to ensure the
industry has access to job-ready people. www.biotalent.ca
Funded by the Government of Canada's Sector Council Program.
SOURCE BioTalent Canada
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