The PEI BioAlliance has announced an industry development strategy that expects revenues to double and 500 new jobs to be added by 2020.
To support that plan for rapid growth, the PEI BioAlliance has unveiled a new HR Strategy for the province’s bioscience sector. It focuses on maintaining recruitment and retention, HR support for companies, skills development, and community outreach.
PEI’s 47 bioscience companies have over $200 million in export sales. The sector has added almost 1,000 jobs over the past decade, and currently employs over 1,400 people.
These companies work in the development and commercialization of products such as functional food ingredients, pharmaceuticals, animal and fish health products, and diagnostics.
PEI’s cluster of bioscience companies and research organizations present exciting employment opportunities.
“Whether they are PEI graduates in science or business, or skilled individuals from another part of the world, we want our employers to be able to attract and retain the best talent possible,” says Vivian Beer, the BioAlliance HR Strategy Manager. “That’s what this strategy is all about.”
She says there is a high level of collaboration within the PEI bioscience sector. “Holland College, UPEI, our federal and provincial government partners, and our PEI network of employers all work together to support students, job seekers, and companies’ recruitment and training requirements.”
The BioAlliance also has a partnership with BioTalent Canada, providing access to national compensation data to ensure PEI is offering competitive compensation and benefits packages.
How to find out about Bioscience companies that are hiring
“We regularly highlight career opportunities on our website and on social media,” says Vivian.
“Job categories include research, production, business development, and administration.”
The PEI BioAlliance is currently updating its online resume library, which is shared with companies and organizations in the PEI Bioscience cluster. Those currently seeking employment, those who will be graduating in 2017, and students seeking summer employment are invited to send their resumé to the PEI BioAlliance.
Job seekers can request to be added to the BioAlliance mailing list. They will be notified when new bioscience career opportunities are added to the job postings page, and will also receive invitations to networking events.