Workers Author: Karen Young Kreeger

Executives and educators associated with bioscience industry labs are enthusiastic about a recently released report outlining skill standards for technicians aspiring to work in the industry. They say the standards will serve as a framework for training programs aimed at giving workers more transferable skills, allowing them to move with more ease within the volatile bioscience job market.

The report, released last month and entitled "Gateway to the Future: Skill Standards for the Bioscience Industry," was produced by the Education Development Center, a nonprofit educational organization in Newton, Mass., as part of the Bioscience Industry Skills Standards Project. The project, which started in 1992 and is scheduled to end late this year, is one of 22 skill standards projects in a variety of industries funded by the departments of Education and Labor.

The document describes guidelines for job performance by entry- level technical workers in...

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