Join us to celebrate the launch of the first Life Sciences Apprenticeship Program in Massachusetts, providing candidates an alternative pathway to careers in biomanufacturing and clinical trials. This community event will introduce the first two cohorts of apprentices and highlight participating employers. We will also hear from key public officials committed to workforce development initiatives, locally to nation wide.
Honorary Remarks By:
- United States Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh
- Massachusetts Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development Rosalin Acosta
- United States Representative Lori Trahan, Third District of Massachusetts
Guest Remarks By:
- Kenn Turner, President and CEO, Massachusetts Life Sciences Center
- Kendalle Burlin O’Connell, President and COO, MassBio
- Odile Smith, General Manager, Devens Process Development and Manufacturing Site, Bristol Myers Squibb
- Gina Diaz, 2021 Biomanufacturing Technician Apprentice, MassBiologics
About the Program
This unique program is registered with the state as an apprenticeship and provides candidates an alternative pathway into the life sciences industry. MassBioEd has focused on recruiting candidates from under-represented groups in the industry as well as unemployed and under-employed individuals. Through accelerated training, apprentices will gain foundational knowledge, industry-recognized skills, and work experience, providing them with career opportunities at sustainable wages. MassBioEd chose to target Biomanufacturing Technicians and Clinical Trial Associates for the first year of the apprenticeship program because of high employer demand for these occupations. Learn more here.