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Government of Canada Supports University-Industry Partnerships to Train Science, Engineering Graduates

Partnerships provide graduates with valuable hands-on training to better integrate into the Canadian workforce

MONTREAL, QUEBEC -- (Marketwired) -- 05/16/14 --

Ed Holder, Minister of State (Science and Technology), announced today a significant investment in job-related training for graduate students and post-doctoral fellows at seven Canadian institutions. The nine research teams will develop training programs in a wide variety of fields, including aerospace, natural resource management, conservation, and information technologies. The programs will provide young researchers with training opportunities that will help them to make the transition from trainees to productive employees in the Canadian workforce.

Minister Holder made the announcement at McGill University, where Dr. Stephen Yue is developing a training program that will help make students industry-ready for careers in advanced aerospace manufacturing. The program is in collaboration with the Consortium for Research and Innovation in Aerospace in Quebec (CRIAQ) and the aerospace industry.

The funding comes from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) through its Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) initiative. CREATE provides leading research teams in the natural sciences and engineering with the resources to implement an applied training environment that combines research knowledge and experience with the personal and professional skills needed in industry or government workplaces.

Quick Facts

--  NSERC is awarding $14.8 million for nine training programs that will
    help graduates acquire the skills they need for new careers in Canadian
    industries. Graduates who participate in these programs will become the
    next generation of aerospace engineers, conservationists and software
--  Training programs are led by researchers who champion a teaching agenda
    that includes the personal and professional skills development necessary
    to succeed in the world outside academia. 
--  CREATE emphasizes four priority areas: 
    --  Environmental science and technologies; 
    --  Manufacturing; 
    --  Information and communications technologies; and 
    --  Natural resources and energy. 
--  CREATE recipients will receive support from industry to ensure science
    and engineering graduates receive hands-on training in industries
    related to their fields of study. Industry partners will provide
    students with a four-month internship that includes job shadowing and
    industry seminars. 


"Science can increase prosperity and improve the quality of life of Canadians. Through the CREATE program, our government is encouraging university-industry partnerships to ensure science and engineering graduates receive hands-on training in manufacturing, environmental science, natural resources and energy, information, and communications technologies. As a result, graduates will be better prepared to hit the ground running in exciting, innovative industries."

The Honourable Ed Holder, Minister of State (Science and Technology)

"Our greatest asset for ensuring our future prosperity is our highly trained talent. CREATE's team-based approach to training provides graduate students and postdoctoral fellows with access to the knowledge and expertise of some of Canada's top researchers. At the same time, it provides them with important experiential learning opportunities. This strong combination readies our next generation for success as they embark on their professional careers."

Janet Walden, Chief Operating Officer, NSERC

Associated Links

The list of the 2014 CREATE grant recipients.

More information on the CREATE program.

About NSERC:

NSERC is a federal agency that helps make Canada a country of discoverers and innovators. The agency supports almost 30,000 post-secondary students and postdoctoral fellows in their advanced studies. NSERC promotes discovery by funding approximately 12,000 professors every year and fosters innovation by encouraging over 2,400 Canadian companies to participate and invest in post-secondary research projects.

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