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Bioscience firms court new workers in the ‘very competitive’ industry

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Key takeaways: 

  • Career fair 1st is a significant networking event in 2 years.
  • Almost a dozen of the 60 bioscience firms on P.E.I. set up exhibits at the career fair Tuesday at the Charlottetown Convention Centre.

It has been a challenge drafting employees in the bioscience industry during the COVID-19 pandemic.

But Tuesday, the P.E.I. BioAlliance hosted a career fair at the Charlottetown Convention Centre, the first significant networking occasion in two years.

Approximately 2,200 people work in 60 firms in the industry on P.E.I. Some firms are also expanding. BioVectra, for example, stated it would be adding 120 new jobs by the end of the year. 

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It has been a challenge drafting employees in the bioscience industry during the COVID-19 pandemic

Vivien Beer, the H.R. strategy director at P.E.I. 

BioAlliance said one of the biggest hindrances is drawing specialists to the Island.

“There’s always questions for specialized positions because there’s less of them,” she stated. “And you’re contending then nationally and internationally because you’re drawing a family potentially to Prince Edward Island. So … there’s more active in drawing that.” Almost a dozen bioscience firms participated in the job fair.

Source – cbc.ca

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