by Mark Vieth, Senior Vice President
Congratulations to The Wistar Institute on receiving certification from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for a new apprenticeship program. Earlier today, Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) Secretary Kathy Manderino visited The Wistar Institute in Philadelphia to announce the recent approval of the “Biomedical Research Technician (BRT) Apprenticeship Program.” The apprenticeship program—the first of its kind in the nation—creates a career pathway that goes beyond The Wistar Institute’s existing internship program for biomedical technicians.
BRTs are laboratory workers who know how to navigate and function in a highly-respected, fluid and skilled manner in the research laboratory environment. They act in a supporting role for the lead scientists and staff of a lab, having an in-depth understanding of the laboratories’ needs to advance the science. BRTs facilitate experimental procedures, lab management/safety and data analysis to support the head of laboratories’ goal of advancing their scientific hypotheses.
Founded in 1892 in Philadelphia, The Wistar Institute is the nation’s first independent biomedical research facility. CRD Associates was proud to assist The Wistar Institute with the certification process and will now work to explore federal funding opportunities for the new program.
Congratulations again to The Wistar Institute for designing and implementing this unique apprenticeship program that will serve as a national model for training our future BRT workforce!