Reskilling: Looking to make a change?

The CASTL Bioscience Reskilling Program

Learn new skills to experience a rewarding career in an innovative industry with unlimited opportunities.

If you are looking for a rewarding, well-paid, and secure career in an industry that produces products which help make the world a better and safer place, then we would like to hear from you.  

The CASTL program provides eight weeks of facilitated learning delivered through Holland College followed by four weeks of on-the-job training with industry employers. Participating in this program will give you the essential knowledge and skills to apply for entry-level positions with opportunities to build a rewarding career in the bioscience industry. Standard industry hourly wages range from $14.00 – $22.00/hour for these positions. 

Program Overview

Applicants for the Reskilling Program will be introduced to a variety of topics designed to provide the knowledge and skills needed to start a successful career in the bioscience industry including:  

  • Overview of the Biosciences Industry 
  •  Good Manufacturing Practice/Good Laboratory Practice 
  •  Laboratory Science 

  •  Fundamental Mathematics  
  •  Instrumentation and Data Analysis 
  •  Health and Safety 

The Bioscience Reskilling Program is a fast-paced course, that delivers a lot of information over a short period of time. Successful applicants will be expected to attend all classes/labs and successfully complete all assignments and quizzes during the initial 8-week training period, facilitated by Holland College. Students will be expected to complete assigned work on evenings and weekends. Student attendance and completion of all coursework is considered mandatory and required to obtain the official course certificate. 

Applicant Profile: Minimum Requirements

Applicants must:

  • Have a grade 12 diploma. Further post-secondary education or relevant work experience would be considered an asset
  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada
  • Reside in Prince Edward Island
  • Demonstrate English proficiency
  • Be able to work independently and safely
  • Be able to perform repetitive tasks for extended periods of time
  • Have access to reliable transportation as travel to employer sites will be required during the on-the-job training component of the program
  • Be able and willing to work evenings and weekends when required

Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident: 

To qualify for the 12-week CASTL Bioscience Reskilling Program applicants must be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada.

    Successful Participant Attributes

    • Background in science-related learning or employment is considered an asset
    • Experience in a production or manufacturing environment considered an asset
    • Inventory control experience considered an asset
    • Effective time-management skills and ability to multi-task
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite
    • Team problem solving skills
    • Detailed-oriented

    Equal Opportunities Employer

    Canadian Alliance for Skills and Training in Life Sciences (CASTL) and our training partner Holland College are committed to providing a safe, healthy and inclusive work environment that inspires respect.  CASTL is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace.  All qualified applications will receive consideration without regard to sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, race, ethnic origin, colour, religion, nationality, disability, age, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

    This program is funded by the Department of Economic Growth, Tourism and Culture through the Canada-PEI Labour Market Agreements. 

    Jobs you will be eligible to apply for 

    Following completion of the program, you will be eligible to apply to various entry-level positions including:

    • Quality Control Technologist
    • Production Technician
    • Aerosols Technician


    • Research Technician
    • Process Technician

    Your competitive advantage

    Following completion of the program, you will have the essential knowledge and skills to apply for entry-level positions with opportunities to build a rewarding career in the bioscience industry. 

    The program was designed by CASTL with input from industry, subject matter experts from the National Institute for Bioprocessing Research & Training (NIBRT), Holland College and experts in skills and training.


    We want to hear from you. Connect with the CASTL Team to learn more about upcoming reskilling opportunities.