BioTalent Canada announce that several leading Canadian post-secondary institutions are adopting its Essential and Technical Skills Fundamentals courses and offering them to their students.
Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) have been signed between BioTalent Canada and the University of Ottawa, University of Waterloo, University of Manitoba, University of Calgary, Carleton University, and Loyalist College.
Going forward, these education centres will make the Essential and Technical Skills Fundamentals courses available to students through a fully bilingual online learning platform. BioTalent Canada developed the Essential and Technical Skills Fundamentals courses after research revealed that more than half of Canadian employers in the biotechnology space were experiencing skills deficiencies among staff. The Essential and Technical Skills Fundamentals courses seeks to bridge the gap by including important educational training in areas such as scientific report writing, laboratory practices, and quality control. Students also improve their communication and problem-solving skills through the courses offered via the online platform.
“Biotechnology is one of the fastest growing sectors of the Canadian and global economies, and students need to be prepared to fill key positions in this critical area,” says Henderson. “The courses provided through BioTalent Canada will give students the fundamentals required for success.”
Once courses are completed, students receive a “BioReadyTM” certificate that demonstrates they are equipped with the knowledge and skills needed for a career in the biotech industry. BioTalent Canada is providing each of the universities that signed its MOU with unlimited access to its suite of online courses for use by their students.