West Philadelphia Skills Initiative Recruiting for Biomedical Technician Training, $23/Hour to Start



The West Philadelphia Skills Initiative are recruiting for the Biomedical Technician Training Program in partnership with Iovance Biotherapeutics, Inc., through Friday, Sept. 9. This program will run from Sept. 26 – March 31, 2023, and intends to connect Philadelphia residents to an opportunity to gain the skills needed to be considered for employment as associate aseptic manufacturing technicians in the life science industry – jobs starting at $23/hour – at the conclusion of the program in March 2023.

Below is the joint email blast that was sent to stakeholders, community organizations, and elected on behalf of PIDC and WPSI. Feel free to share the email or attached recruitment flyer, and social media graphics with your network and anyone who could benefit from this training opportunity.

Learn more by visiting our Navy Yard workforce website with a detailed overview of the program - https://navyyard.org/biomedical-technician-training-program

Who Should Apply? Detail-oriented, curious individuals that enjoy working with their hands and are comfortable performing tasks while wearing full personal protective equipment (PPE). Commitment to the full training schedule (below) is required:

  • 10 weeks of In-person sessions, Mondays and Thursdays from 6:30pm until 8pm, September 26 through December 2

  • Facilitated group conversations via Zoom, Tuesdays from 6:30pm until 8:30pm, September 27 through November 29

  • 12 weeks of paid in-person on-the-job training, Monday through Friday from 9am until 5pm, December 5 through March 31

  • Approximately 5 hours of weekly reading and reflection exercises


Learn More: Attend a virtual information session:

  • Thursday, August 25 at 10amClick here to register

  • Thursday, September 1 at 1pm • Click here to register

What is the Biomedical Technician Training Program: Aseptic Manufacturing?

The West Philadelphia Skills Initiative (WPSI) and The Wistar Institute built this program to provide candidates with the workplace and technical skills required to build a meaningful career in the Life Sciences industry. Program completion requires in-person attendance at The Wistar Institute, consistent online participation, and completion of an externship (on-the-job training) at Iovance. Through this program graduates will be prepared to find employment in Associate Aseptic Manufacturing Technician roles where they will be responsible for maintaining a sterile lab environment by wearing appropriate PPE and following procedures to ensure constant cleanliness. Individuals in this role will assemble sterile products, stock supplies, and document processes of Biomedical Manufacturers in supporting the creation of cell and gene therapies.

In this program, we offer:

  • Cutting-edge job connection strategies resulting in 97% of graduates finding an employment opportunity.

  • A $150 weekly stipend during the first 10 weeks of the program.

  • 12 weeks of on-the-job training compensation at $14 per hour.

  • College-adapted classroom training to prepare participants for a career in the Life Sciences Industry.

  • For select candidates, the opportunity to interview for open Associate Aseptic Manufacturing Technician positions at Iovance starting at $23/hour.

Are you eligible? All applicants must:

  • Be a resident of Philadelphia

  • Commit to the full training schedule

  • Possess a high school diploma or GED

  • To be considered, candidates for the Biomedical Technician Training Program: Aseptic Manufacturing must provide proof of having received the COVID-19 vaccine by September 16th, 2022

APPLY TODAY! The deadline is Friday, Sept. 9th, 2022 at 5pm.