Apprenticeships

Read the 2022 Apprentice Recruitment Overview.

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Massachusetts is recognized as the worldwide hub for the life sciences industry. Employment in this industry has increased continually for decades, even while other industries faltered. Over 90,000 persons are currently employed in the Massachusetts life sciences ecosystem. All contribute to the mission of harnessing the power of science to develop, test, and manufacture novel and needed products. But the supply of qualified people has not kept up with the growing demand for talent.

MassBioEd’s Apprenticeship Program offers a streamlined pathway into the industry that combines technical training, on-site work experience, and income support. Soft skills workshops and broad industry knowledge are incorporated into the training to give apprentices an understanding of their role in the delivery of drugs to patients in need. Working with leading life science employers, MassBioEd has designed two apprenticeships – one for Biomanufacturing Technicians and one for Clinical Trial Associates. Both programs will enable individuals to obtain foundational knowledge and industry recognized skills, and quickly transition into employment that provides meaningful work, family-sustaining wages, and career growth. View Employer Partners.

To learn more, view the Apprenticeship Overview and contact apprenticeship@massbioed.org.

2022 Recruitment Details

We are now recruiting work-ready adults who are eager to begin a new career in the life sciences industry. Interested individuals can sign up for an information session here. You may also complete the statement interest form below before or after the information session you attend. Please read the candidate profile and about the training program below.

Candidate Profile:

  • Previous scientific background is NOT required.
  • Women, underrepresented Persons of Color (POC), veterans, and people who are unemployed or underemployed are encouraged to apply.

Applicants must:

  • Be 18+ years of age and a high-school graduate or equivalent.
  • Be able to show proof of being legally able to work in the U.S.
  • Be able to show proof of having been vaccinated against COVID-19.
  • Have reliable transportation to training and employer site.
  • Be able to show proof of income or unemployment (pay stub or UI check).
  • Be willing to submit to a CORI/SORI check, and possibly drug testing.
  • Have access to a computer and WiFi connection.

Training Program:

We are currently actively recruiting for the Biomanufacturing Technician Apprenticeship Program. Check back for more details on the Clinical Trial Associate Apprenticeship Program.

  • Training begins in Spring 2022 and will lead to a year-long, full-time paid apprenticeship starting in Fall 2022.
  • The Program is FREE to apprentices and includes a monthly stipend while in class, along with generous wages and benefits during the year of on-the-job training.
  • Training is 16 weeks long and includes 8 weeks of MassBioEd online classes followed by 8 weeks of in-person lab training in masks/PPE.
  • Technical training will be provided by Northeastern University in Burlington, MA or Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, MA, depending on your location.

The opportunity to participate in this life-changing, life-science apprenticeship came at the height of the pandemic. I had wanted to do something different, something more fulfilling, for a while, and when my sister forwarded me the email from MassBioEd inviting applicants, I knew this was it! The concept that people could be entry-level trained for the biotech field without a degree was such a novel idea, a beautiful one at that! My life has been changed so drastically in wonderful ways! I’m learning so many new things and I see myself advancing from CTA to project manager and beyond!

Heather Fernald, Clinical Trial Associate, Covis Pharma US | 2021 MassBioEd Apprentice

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