HR Microscope – October

October 2022

The Canadian Alliance for Skills and Training in Life Sciences (CASTL) officially opens Charlottetown biomanufacturing facility

Charlottetown, PE – The Canadian Alliance for Skills and Training in Life Sciences (CASTL) officially opened their new CASTL Biomanufacturing Training Facility located in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.

The new training facility contains state-of-the-art pilot-scale bioprocessing equipment that will allow employees to gain practical skills that are immediately transferable to process scale-up and clean room environments. The facility is equipped with laboratories and classroom spaces built to deliver the highest quality training to industry professionals. With this new facility, CASTL can deliver on-site customized training for entry-level employees through to senior management as well as post-secondary students.

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Hear from Industry Experts about what’s driving talent in Canada’s bio-economy 

BioTalent Canada has released a podcast focused on the most important discussions in the bio-economy. What can we do to solve the shortage of workers needed in the industry? What are some innovative ways to attract and retain talent? What is the outlook for the bio-economy and how can we strengthen the sector and prepare it for the future?

The Science of Talent podcast is dedicated to answering the questions we are all asking. We talk with some of the industry’s best and brightest and see what they’re experiencing in their own jobs and what they’re trying to do to not only equip their organizations to try to bring in fantastic and exciting new talent, but what they’re telling their stakeholders, and how they are equipping those companies to be ready for the shortage of talent.

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BioTalent Canada calls for applications for New I.D.E.A.L. Bioscience Employer Recognition program

BioTalent Canada announced that its recently launched I.D.E.A.L. Bioscience EmployerTM recognition program is now accepting applications. This new employer recognition program, which represents Inclusivity, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility Leadership, will recognize organizations in Canada’s bio-economy embodying the diverse and inclusive corporate principles needed to promote growth and success in the sector.

“The evidence proves diverse teams, led by inclusive leaders are more innovative and provide better insights on the needs and wants of their stakeholders,” says Rob Henderson, President and CEO of BioTalent Canada. “When we adopt IDEA principles into Canada’s bio-economy, we build resilient and profitable companies.”

Organizations in two categories: under 50 employees and over 50 employees are invited to complete an online survey, describe in detail how they are working towards a more diverse and inclusive corporate culture based on the following IDEA best practices:

  1. Alignment of IDEA to the vision, values, strategies, and outcomes of the organization;
  2. Leadership accountability for IDEA;
  3. Measurement and assessment of the organization’s current IDEA efforts;
  4. The priority the organization places on IDEA learning and awareness;
  5. How the organization prioritizes inclusive talent management practices;
  6. Efforts put forward by the organization to create a culture of belonging, and
  7. Efforts put forward by the organization to engage with external stakeholders: community, clients, and suppliers.

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BioTalent Canada helps employers navigate impending talent shortage through National Occupational Standards

BioTalent Canada launched new resources to help bio-economy employers adopt National Occupational Standards (NOS) into their recruitment and retention strategies. Included in the resources are seven additional NOS profiles, 23 executive summaries, and a “How-to” video for employers, job seekers and academia to integrate these valuable tools into their talent management and development plans.

The standards, whose establishment was funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Sectoral Initiatives Program, have been validated by industry experts in those roles and indicate what skills, education, and credentialing are required to perform a specific role. Employers will use these standards for more effective recruitment, training, succession planning, and compensation benchmarking to meet their talent requirements.

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Bio-economy Labour Market Information now available via new online portal

BioTalent Canada launched its new online bio-economy labour market information (LMI) portal, which will allow Canadians, and especially employers to access data critical to understanding the shifting landscape of the industry’s competitive talent pool.

For over 20 years, BioTalent Canada has been a leader in sharing LMI specific to the talent needs of Canada’s bio-economy. The new LMI portal was developed using data from the organization’s recent LMI Study – which sounds the alarm on a dire talent shortage that will see 65,000 new positions required by 2029 to sustain the industry.

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