In a bid to offset a critical shortage of workers in Ontario’s automotive sector, the government has announced that it would be investing $5 million toward training people for high-paying manufacturing jobs.
Under this plan, participants will get free education, developing skills for profitable future career paths in quality control, machine operation, logistics and more. They will also be paid up to $4,600 in three months for their hands-on training hours.
When the participants complete the program, they will get employment offers.
The program will run till March 2023, but applicants must be between 15 and 29, a racialized/non-caucasian) person, an Indigenous person, or a woman.
500 people out of the applicants will be enrolled on the program, which combines online and on-the-job training for participants to acquire critical skills like manufacturing essentials, project management, and troubleshooting.
The aim is to prepare students that might not have otherwise considered working with automobiles for rewarding careers in the auto manufacturing sector, while at the same time solving the problem of a persistent shortage of workers within this (and other) Ontario trades.
While announcing the development, the Premier of Ontario, Doug Ford said: “Our government is securing game-changing investments in the province’s auto sector that will ensure the electric vehicles and batteries of the future are made here in Ontario by Ontario workers.
“As we do, we’re investing in training the next generation of Ontario’s automotive workers and connecting hundreds of them with good-paying jobs at local businesses in immediate need of their world class talent and expertise.”
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The program is funded as part of Ontario’s bigger $200 million Skills Development Fund (the initiative that facilitated similar paid training opportunities for thousands to become roofers, electricians, personal support workers and so on.
Government’s announcement read” “Training is tailored to the needs of each participant and employers can receive up to $4,600 in wage subsidies for each trainee.
“After completing the program, each participant will receive a job offer from a local employer.”
Interested applicants can apply here
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