New National Partnership Strengthens Talent Within Canada’s Life Science Industry

New National Partnership Strengthens Talent Within Canada’s Life Science Industry

Ottawa, January 5, 2021 — BioTalent Canada today announced a new partnership with the Canadian Alliance for Skills and Training in Life Sciences (CASTL). Offering multiple applied learning streams and pathways for individuals to kickstart careers in life sciences, CASTL joins more than 60 bio-economy companies, associations and post-secondary institutions as part of the BioTalent Canada national partnership network.

Life sciences continues to be an area of high demand, from COVID-19 vaccines and diagnostics, to understanding climate change and feeding the world sustainably. CASTL is a first-of-its-kind partnership between academia, industry, and government to address the future skills needs of the Canadian life sciences sector. It delivers on the economic and sectoral demand for individuals who are work-ready to enter, thrive and meet the needs of the Canadian bioscience industry, a key pillar of Canada’s economy.

CASTL aims to fill the talent pipeline with highly skilled and qualified candidates to meet the needs of the growing bioscience industry. Through industry-supported Workplace Integrated Learning (WIL) placements, learners will be prepared to grow a career in the bioscience sector, with a competitive edge. By collaborating on WIL placements, CASTL offers employers an early opportunity to identify potential new hires. CASTL’s unique value is its connection to industry and the rigour applied to its WIL placements.

BioTalent Canada’s recently launched “Essential Skills Fundamentals” and “Technical Skills Fundamentals” courses are best-in-class and designed with extensive input from industry as well as post-secondary academia. These courses will support CASTL’s learning streams including post-secondary learners, individuals looking to enter the life sciences industry through reskilling, as well as those currently employed in the sector, by helping them develop fundamental knowledge and skills.

BioTalent Canada is always looking for ways to strengthen its relationships with academia, industry, and government stakeholders,” says Rob Henderson, President and CEO of BioTalent Canada. “CASTL’s entire raison d’etre aligns well with our own. This partnership will be mutually beneficial as we continue our journey towards securing Canada’s place as a biotech leader.

Rob Henderson
President and CEO, BioTalent Canada

BioTalent Canada’s partnership network brings together bio-economy employers, national and regional associations, municipalities, post-secondary institutions, service providers and immigrant serving agencies. The PetriDish™—Canada’s only national bilingual biotech job board—connects employers to more than 17,400 skilled job seekers.

Visit to learn more about BioTalent Canada’s Partnership Plus Program.

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