July 9, 2014

Youth Skills Connections: CNC Machinists and ‘Open Doors’ Program

A province-wide initiative has been developed by the Ontario Manufacturing Consortium, which is comprised of Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME); the Ontario Aerospace Council (OAC); the Canadian Tooling and Machining Association (CTMA); and the Canadian Nuclear Council (OCI).

The consortium will develop and run a 26-week training program focused on entry-level Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machinists. This learning program is to provide 80 youth (aged 18-29) with an on-the-job training experience specifically so they can learn CNC machining skills, leading to placements within the manufacturing sector.

The program will financially support manufacturers throughout a training and work program during which the youth will learn the skill set required to operate CNC machining equipment.

The program will also arrange for a series of on-site plant visits to manufacturers across the province, with the goal to expose high-school students aged 15-18, as well as youth, to the next generation of manufacturing.

The image of manufacturing has changed. To help build awareness of trades and technology in manufacturing, this initiative will help encourage more youth to seek out and explore work in the manufacturing sector that will ultimately lead to an exciting and productive career.

CNC Machinist (Level 1) Selection & Learning Program – Overview for Companies

The program is delivered in partnership with the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure.

For further information, please contact:
Diane de Jong
Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters
905.672.3466 ext. 3260