Brian Wilson, general manager, Canada for Sandvik Coromant addresses the students during the Manufacturing Day eventClick image to enlarge

Ontario high school students joined Sandvik Coromant Canada for Manufacturing Day to gain some insight into manufacturing and consider it as a career choice.

Jeremy Bout of Edge Factor talks to students about career opportunities in manufacturingClick image to enlargeFifty-six grade nine and ten students enrolled in technology programs at East York Collegiate Institute in Toronto attended the event. Edge Factor's Jeremy Bout, well-known for bringing the "cool" back to manufacturing through his innovative media presentations, was on hand to talk about the interesting career opportunities in manufacturing.

Students learn about machining in Sandvik Coromant's Technology CentreClick image to enlarge

As part of the half-day event, students had the opportunity to learn about machining, additive manufacturing, CAD/CAM programming and robotics, with presentations from Sandvik Coromant and industry partners, such as In-House Solutions.

The students weren't the only ones that learned about manufacturing. Marie-France Lalonde, Ontario Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure and an MPP for Ottawa-Orleans, said she too gained some insight into manufacturing and says the current provincial government has invested and continues to make investments in youth and skills training.

"60,000 people work in manufacturing in Ontario and we've created more jobs in this sector over the last few years. In the next three years of our mandate, we're focusing on manufacturing and we're calling it advanced manufacturing and that's why I'm here today. We have $2.5 billion over the next ten years in our job and prosperity funds and some of that is there to support youth. We launched the Youth Skills Connection and 4,100 students benefited from this and later this year we're launching the next phase of this program to take it to the next level and make sure sutdents have a different take when it comes to manufacturing. We need to make sure we have the workforce and the ability to merge our youth with the jobs of the future."

Manufacturing Day is an annual event during which North American manufacturers open their doors to showcase modern manufacturing and to promote interest among youth in manufacturing careers.

Sandvik Coromant was one of 29 Manufacturing Day events in Canada. Among the companies holding events were Valiant Training and Development Centre, Anchor Danly, Reko International Group, Shell Lubricants and Caterpillar-Dyersburg.

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