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Going beyond "highly-qualified personnel" to "value-added personnel"
Author(s): Marc Nantel; Bradley Fox; Leanne Gelsthorpe; Roxy Hamilton; Robert Marshall; Guida Williamson

Paper Abstract

Employers clamour for more "Highly-Qualified Personnel" (HQP) to hire, and photonics is no exception. The challenge facing all new graduates lies in what actually constitutes a Highly-Qualified Person. Yesterday, an HQP was often understood to be a graduate with a Bachelor's, Master's or Ph.D. degree. Today, industry is demanding that an HQP be either a university or college graduate with strong academic standing AND a sound business and communications skill set. In this paper, we introduce the concept of "Value-Added Personnel" (VAP), which marries both scientific and "soft-skills" aspects, and we present a new program in Ontario to produce VAPs.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 October 2005
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 9664, Ninth International Topical Meeting on Education and Training in Optics and Photonics, 966419 (24 October 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.2207544
Show Author Affiliations
Marc Nantel, Ontario Centres of Excellence Inc. (Canada)
Bradley Fox, Ontario Centres of Excellence Inc. (Canada)
Leanne Gelsthorpe, Ontario Centres of Excellence Inc. (Canada)
Roxy Hamilton, Ontario Centres of Excellence Inc. (Canada)
Robert Marshall, Ontario Centres of Excellence Inc. (Canada)
Guida Williamson, Ontario Centres of Excellence Inc. (Canada)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9664:
Ninth International Topical Meeting on Education and Training in Optics and Photonics
François Flory, Editor(s)

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