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MassMVP: Medtech opportunities and veterans’ skills

Posted by Chad O'Connor  January 8, 2013 11:00 AM

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Part of our mission at the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) is to accelerate economic growth by investing in the Commonwealth’s life sciences ecosystem. A vital contributor to the success of that ecosystem is our world class workforce. At the MLSC we are committed to further strengthening the talents of our life sciences workforce and also to doing all that we can to ensure that citizens across the Commonwealth have the opportunity to develop the skills to successfully compete for life sciences jobs. To meet these goals, our programs include grants that enable vocational and technical schools and high schools to purchase training equipment and supplies; internship opportunities for college students all around the state; and our newest initiative workforce training for our returning veterans.

What is the program about? MassMVP (Massachusetts Medical Technology Veterans Program) is a training and mentoring program for U.S. military veterans residing in Massachusetts. We launched MassMVP on Veterans Day 2012 in partnership with MassMEDIC (the state’s medtech industry council) and the International Center for Professional Development (ICPD). The program will provide opportunities for our returning heroes to bring their talents and skills to the medical technology/medical device industry. Through MassMVP up to 50 Massachusetts veterans will be provided with training and networking opportunities within the medical device and diagnostics industry sectors, including opportunities to exchange knowledge with industry experts.

Why medtech? Medical devices are Massachusetts’ number-one export, and the sector is a major employer with approximately 400 medical device companies employing more than 24,000 people in the state. MassMVP will provide vets with access to employment opportunities in the medical device sectors, which have great potential for career advancement at pay levels that generally are above the national average. Much of the training that vets receive while on active duty applies directly to the skills needed to excel in precision manufacturing, product development and other aspects of medtech. Careers in medtech are exciting, meaningful and well-paid, and Massachusetts companies need the types of skills, dedication and talent that vets bring to the workforce.

What is included in this program? The program will kick off with a one-day training on February 14, 2013, at UMass Boston. During the training, returning veterans will be paired with medtech experts from across the Commonwealth who will serve as mentors and will guide the participating veterans through their job search within the medtech industry. Following the training, participants will receive one year of support using the MVP's online social media tool and mentoring portal.

Who may apply? MassMVP is open to all military veterans from the state of Massachusetts. Applicants should be veterans of the U.S. military and residents of Massachusetts who are currently seeking employment and/or an internship. This includes individuals who are unemployed or underemployed and are looking for more exciting, skilled job opportunities. If you are a veteran or know a veteran who may be interested in participating, please apply at www.massmvp.org by January 15, 2013. Participating in the program is free.

What about the mentors? Mentors from medical device and diagnostic companies will be selected to participate in the MassMVP training session and will provide ongoing mentoring. All mentors may enjoy the personal fulfillment of helping a returning veteran transition from the military to a civilian career in the medtech industry sector. Mentors will receive complementary registration and meals as part of the MassMVP training event on February 14th. If you or your company is interested in becoming a mentor, please contact Elisabeth Freeman at efreeman@icpd.org or Beth Nicklas at veterans@masslifesciences.com.

For more information about this program and to download a program flyer, click here.

Susan Windham-Bannister, Ph.D., is the President & CEO of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC), a quasi-public organization charged with administering the 10-year $1 billion Life Sciences Initiative that was proposed by Governor Patrick and enacted by the Massachusetts Legislature in June 2008.

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