STEM and Life Sciences can now benefit from more on-the-job experience in new WILIV pilot program
Based on our success in placing over 70 students in companies across the province through the Boosting Biotech initiative, BioAlberta is pleased to have been chosen by the Government of Alberta as a partner industry association to pilot the Work-integrated Learning Industry Voucher (WILIV) program for the STEM and life sciences sector. This means we will continue to work with post-secondary institutions and employers to match students with new learning opportunities on the job.
Over the next three (3) years. BioAlberta will use WILIV to support a total of 136 unique (16-week long) full time life science and STEM student internships to qualifying Alberta small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) who successfully recruit skilled students enrolled in an under-graduate, graduate or post-graduate degree programs. Students are matched as placements become available.
SME internships must provide students with practical work in a field related to their studies within the Alberta life sciences eco-system that enable them to gain a better understanding of your company’s work. Eligible SMEs will be awarded $5000 in matching wage support per student placement. The wages for the student placement must not be paired for funding with any other provincial grants or programs. Alberta SMEs may match WILIV support with either their own operational funds or apply for federal grants including BioTalent Canada's SWPP, STIP or Science Horizon's programs detailed here: https://www.biotalent.ca/programs/
BioAlberta is now recruiting SMEs to participate in WILIV Summer and Fall 2022. The deadline for SMEs to apply with a job posting for Summer and Fall 2022 WILIV funding is February 15, 2022. For more information or to apply contact Jamie@bioalberta.com.
To qualify to receive WIL Voucher funding, the following program criteria and requirements must be met:
The Alberta SME applying for funding must:
- operate in the life science sector including biotechnology or healthcare
- create a student position that has a life science, biotechnology or healthcare focus.
The student you hire must be:
- an Alberta resident, enrolled as a full-time or part-time student at an Alberta post-secondary education institution
- studying in fields related to lifescience including science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM), business and/ or any other program
- a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or a person to whom refugee protection has been conferred and legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations. International students are not eligible.
This initiative is a key part of the Alberta 2030: Building Skills for Jobs strategy.
Job postings with the following SMEs are still recruiting students for the Winter 2022 term. These job opportunities will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.
Students are to apply directly to the company contact as shown on the attachment.
Future Fields - Job title: Technician Cell Culture (See job description and details here).
Allos Bioscience - job title: Biosensor Development (See job description and details here).
Allos Bioscience - job title: Protein Biochemistry (See job description and details here).
Blue Sky Analytical Labs - Job title: Market Analyst (See job description and details here).
Blue Sky Analytical Labs - job title: Access Database Programmer (See job description here).
Blue Sky Analytical Labs - job title: Laboratory Technician (See job description here).
Creative Protein Solutions - Job title: Customer Success & Marketing Intern (See job description and details here).
Illucidix Diagnostics Inc. - job title: Lab Assistant Technician (See job description and details here).
Innovate Calgary - Job title: Innovation Analyst (See job description and details here).
Nimble Science - Job title: Biomedical Engineering (Production) Intern (See job description and details here).
Nimble Science - Job title: Biomedical Engineering (Product Development) Intern (See job description and details here).
PULSEMedica - job title: Business Development MBA Intern (See job description and details here).
PULSEMedica - job title: Jr. Software Engineer (See job description and details here).
Qualisure Diagnostics - job title: Analyst, statistics and computer programming (See job description and details here).
Retina Logik - Job title: Front end Developer - React Intern (See job description and details here).
Retina Logik - Job title: Operations Analyst Intern (See job description and details here).
Retina Logik - Job title: Market Research Analyst (See job description and details here).
BioAlberta's WIL Voucher program is now matching skilled Alberta students enrolled in an under-graduate, graduate or post-graduate degree program into Alberta life science companies to support their operational growth. In recognition of the importance of this work experience, see this first Success Story highlighting these experiential learning opportunities as told to us by company supervisors and student participants.
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