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PEI BioAlliance Sponsors Labour Market Report on Internationally-educated Professionals
Wednesday, March 8, 2017

The Prince Edward Island BioAlliance is pleased to be one of the sponsors of a labour Market Report - Paving the Way, released recently by BioTalent Canada. The report contains information from skilled newcomers, immigrant serving agencies (ISAs) and employers, and includes recommendations on how internationally-educated professionals (IEPs) can better connect to jobs in Canada’s bio-economy.
“The PEI BioAlliance has a strong collaboration with the PEI Association for Newcomers to Canada to identify those with the education and experience that would be a good fit for the PEI bioeconomy,” says Vivian Beer, HR Manager, PEI BioAlliance. “We have encouraged newcomers to participate in the BioSkills Recognition Program, which offers them an opportunity to have their foreign education and experience evaluated by a Canadian BioReady Review Board and matched with local bioscience career opportunities.”  
Beer says the BioAlliance also works with Internationally-educated professionals to review resumes and to connect them to local opportunities.
PEI bioscience companies like BioVectra say they are supportive of hiring internationally-educated professionals.

“We have benefited greatly from the ability to hire internationally educated professionals,” said Lester Wood, BioVectra’s Executive Director of Human Resources. “Their education and skills have complimented and augmented that of our local talent.”
 
 Key report findings include:
IEPs arrive with the knowledge and skills needed by Canada’s bio-economy
•    Two-thirds (67.6%) of the IEPs surveyed reported having a minimum of a master’s degree and over half (56.8%) indicated having worked in biotechnology prior to immigrating to Canada.
Obstacles hinder IEPs’ path to enter Canada’s biotechnology sector
•    The greatest challenges facing IEPs entering Canada’s biotech workforce include finding jobs in their own field (51.9%) and lack of Canadian experience (46.5%).
Pre-screening may be a solution for skilled IEPs to connect to employers
•    Ninety percent (90.9%) of the ISAs surveyed agreed education and experience validation would help IEPs obtain employment in Canada’s bio-economy.
Funded in part by the Government of Canada's Labour Market Integration Program, the report surveyed participants from the BioSkills Recognition Program, BioTalent Canada’s industry-skills validation process, which helps internationally-educated health professionals consider alternative career paths in biotechnology.
Findings indicate many talented newcomers continue to have their skills and experience overlooked by hiring managers. “The most common skills IEPs possess are those that are most needed by Canada’s bio-economy,” says Rob Henderson, President and CEO of BioTalent Canada. “We’re a sector that struggles with access to talent, so it’s crucial for businesses to recognize newcomers as an important talent pool.”
The report offers specific recommendations to improve the plight of skilled newcomers, using training and networking offered by Canada’s numerous immigrant serving agencies. 
The report was sponsored by the PEI BioAlliance, BIONB, BIOQuébec, BIOTECanada, the Life Science Association of Manitoba, LifeSciences BC, Bio Business Magazine, and Calgary Region Immigrant Employment Council.
The report is available online and in both official languages. To view or download a copy of the full report, visit https: //www.biotalent.ca/PavingtheWay.
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For more information, please contact:
Rose FitzPatrick
PEI BioAlliance
(902) 367-4403
rose@peibioalliance.com