Automotive News Canada | January 28, 2020 | GREG LAYSON
“The Government of Ontario is giving the auto industry $14 million to pay for apprentices and work placements for postsecondary students and recent graduates.
Those who qualify for the money will get experience with new measuring tools, machinery, and production methods.
“Ontario’s auto and advanced manufacturing sector is evolving at a faster pace than our training system,” said Monte McNaughton, minister of labour, training and skills development. “We know how vital these good jobs are in communities like Windsor, Oshawa, Oakville and beyond.”
The placements, provided under the Career Ready Fund, are part of the government’s Driving Prosperity Plan. They are designed to help the sector keep pace with innovations that are transforming the factory floor.
“The core of any manufacturing operation is the skilled workforce. We are all aware of the current skilled trade shortages, and the demographic reality that it will get worse. This needs to change,” said Tim Galbraith, sales manager at Cavalier Tool and Manufacturing.
The first round of the Career Ready Fund’s Auto Stream provided $5 million and created more than 1,000 learning opportunities for postsecondary students, recent grads and apprentices through projects by Toyota, Honda, Ford and Fiat Chrysler, as well as from the broader supply chain through the Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association (APMA) and the Canadian Tooling and Machining Association, the government said.
“The Career Ready Fund’s Auto Stream helped to create permanent connections between the next generation of Ontario leaders and the limitless potential of its automotive sector,” said Flavio Volpe, APMA president. “This fund bridges the most acute gap we all have to a sustainable future for our sector, and it ensures that the brightest talent finds a home within the province’s biggest industry.”