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. These Alberta SMEs are then free to match WILIV support with either their own operational funds or apply to other available student funding programs (i.e. BioTalent Canada, Eco Canada, etc).
BioAlberta is now recruiting SMEs to participate in WILIV. The deadline for SMEs to apply for Fall 2021 WILIV funding is September 10th and November 1st for Winter 2022. For more information or to apply contact Trish@bioalberta.com.
This initiative is a key part of the Alberta 2030: Building Skills for Jobs strategy.
Job postings with the following SMEs are now recruiting students for the Fall 2021 term. Please apply directly to the company contact as shown on the attachment.
Blue Sky Analytical Labs - Job title: Market Analyst (See job description and details here).
Creative Protein Solutions - Job title: Customer Success & Marketing Intern (See job description and details here).
Future Fields - Job title: Technician Cell Culture (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).
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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