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Resume and LinkedIn profile development


Job search techniques


Networking skills


Interview skills


Understanding individual work styles


Technology in the job search process


CASTL’s Elevate Program is a 6-week national training initiative aimed at advancing Canada's biomanufacturing sector through comprehensive training. After completing this training, participants will have the skills required for high demand technician roles in biomanufacturing, as well as receive support in applying for new roles.

This program offers a combination of self-directed and instructor-led remote learning along with hands-on experience at a CASTL training facility. In addition to technical training, participants will benefit from professional development, networking opportunities, and job search coaching and will have the opportunity to attend networking sessions with industry experts.

The in-person training component will take place at a CASTL biomanufacturing training facility, where experienced industry trainers will provide instruction at our state-of-art training facilities . This program is designed to assist younger workers, new Canadians, diverse populations, and others in recognizing their transferable skills, acquiring new knowledge, and launching a career in Canada's rapidly growing biomanufacturing sector.

Deadline to apply for the next cohort is August 26th, 2024. Start date September 2nd, 2024.

Delivered over six weeks, the Elevate Program will deliver training that will provide participants with the following technical skills and knowledge:

  • Working aseptically
  • Following Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP)
  • Following Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s)
  • Following Good Documentation Practices (GDP)
  • Gowning for work in a biomanufacturing environment
  • Cleaning a biomanufacturing environment
  • Use of the basic and foundational equipment common in operator roles
  • Knowledge and understanding of equipment used in a biomanufacturing environment
  • Understanding the various roles and processes in a biomanufacturing environment

In additional to technical training, participants will engage in professional development sessions including topics like:

  • Resume and LinkedIn profile development
  • Job search techniques
  • Networking skills
  • Interview skills
  • Understanding individual work styles
  • Technology in the job search process

Applicants must:

  • Be legally allowed to work in Canada
  • Work permit holders must have one year remaining on the permit before the start of the program
  • Currently reside in Canada
  • Pay the $150 +tax enrolment fee
  • Have a minimum of 3 years of work experience outside of high school and post-secondary studies (work experience can be outside of Canada, does not need to be 3 consecutive years, can include volunteering, and can be a combination of full- and part-time work)
  • Demonstrate English proficiency
  • Be able to work independently and safely
  • Be available for the 6 weeks of programming (for a blend of part- and full-time)
  • Be committed and ready to transition into the biomanufacturing industry upon program completion
  • Have a computer or tablet, reliable internet, web camera and microphone
  • Be available for live virtual sessions for up to 10 hours per week
  • Be available for one week of on-site training and associated travel to a CASTL training facility

  • Part-time learning
  • Hybrid of remote and in-person training
  • Self-paced online training
  • Instructor-led training conducted by expert trainers and facilitators in the field
  • Job application coaching
  • Job readiness and search skills to get you into a job faster

Entry-level biomanufacturing technician roles

  • Laboratory Technician, Manufacturing Technician
  • Production Technician
  • Process Development Technician
  • Other entry level positions in biomanufacturing

 Biomanufacturing process specific roles like Upstream Processing Technician. 

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