Training in booming industry in Canada


Training on cannabis: In 2019, it's possible ...

Since the legalization and marketing of cannabis in Canada, skilled labor in this area is in high demand in the labor market.

To meet the need, the University of Quebec at Trois-Rivières (UQTR) will offer, as of the next 2019, a training in biochemistry on cannabis including: training program still unpublished in Quebec that will host up to 32 students per year .

Professor of the Department of Chemistry, Biochemistry and Physics, Hugo Germain said that students will receive training biochemist, not specialists in the cultivation of cannabis.

"Future graduates of this program will be able to work in particular in the production of cannabis products, work in the laboratory or be hired by the pharmaceutical industry," he explains.

Meanwhile, at the University of Calgary ...

This time, cannabis education classes are given to employers. Indeed, a Canadian consulting firm, the firm
Cannabis at Work, offers since last August, courses to teach employers how to navigate through the legalization of cannabis in Canada.

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Through the courses, it will be appropriate for employers to distinguish in the workplace the consumer for medical use of the recreational consumer. Karen Stokke, Learning Manager at Cannabis at Work, said the information provided to employers by her company is intended to help employers limit their exposure to legal claims.

The company is recruiting cannabis professionals

Alison McMahon is the founder and CEO of Cannabis at Work, a company specializing in the nascent cannabis industry.

Today, Cannabis at Work offers human resources and staffing services to customers in the cannabis industry, which the company launched last spring.

"We are also hiring chemical engineers, process specialists and mechanical engineers. And we are definitely hiring on the farmer side, which could be like a farmer's position, "she said.

Alison McMahon added that quality assurance positions are in high demand by companies in the sector as cannabis production is highly regulated.

"Whether it's in the construction of stores or greenhouses, project management, or specialists in health and safety at work, there is a real need," she added.

Alison McMahon thinks the cannabis industry could create 125 000 jobs in the next few years in Canada. Salaries are not as high as 10 years ago but they are similar to current earnings in the oil industry.

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