centerline screenshot shopfloorClick image to enlargeThe Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association (APMA) is partnering with the Ontario government to deliver automotive job placements and training.

Monte McNaughton, Ontario’s minister of labour, training and skills development says the province is investing $7 million to deliver training and paid job placements in the automotive manufacturing sector for up to 800 people from underrepresented groups. This new program is financed from Ontario’s $115 million Skills Development Fund.

“Ours is an industry with an incredible future that is critically short of people to share in it,” said APMA president Flavio Volpe. “Partnerships like these allow us to build permanent pathways into new communities who would otherwise not have accessed this prosperity.”

The project, led by APMA, will help develop a new talent pipeline to reinvigorate a sector with an aging workforce. The plan will also help historically marginalized groups to train for, access, and retain good jobs.

“Our automotive sector has openings across the province for talented, trained and eager workers,” said McNaughton. “This program will help ensure people who face multiple barriers get access to free training and get on track to promising careers in assembly line work, machine operation or quality assurance, to name a few. This will energize our economy, workforce and, just as importantly, create great, local jobs that make our communities stronger. We will once again make Ontario’s automotive sector one of the most competitive in the world.

APMA started working with community agencies and employment service providers in late June 2021 to place up to 100 trainees per month with hundreds of auto parts manufacturers across Ontario, most of which are small and medium-sized businesses, and APMA members.

These trainees will participate in paid job placement sessions that last at least three months. Participating employers will receive up to $8,000 in support per trainee, of which a maximum of $3,000 can be used as a wage subsidy and $5,000 to cover costs related to training.

The job placements and training happen concurrently, starting between June 2021 and March 2022.

Training will be tailored to each participant by APMA and their employer, and will include on-the-job training, in-class or online learning covering manufacturing basics such as problem solving, document use, basic math, project management, oral communication, critical thinking and inter-personal skills.

Applications are being accepted through APMA’s partner community agencies, employment service providers and its 300-plus member organizations. Individuals who wish to apply may do so through APMA’s website: https://apma.ca/edi-fund

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