Manufacturers spend time and money on training and CTMA believes its Career Ready with CTMA program is a good way to compensate them for these costs. PHOTO courtesy PLZ.
The Career Ready with CMTA: Expanding Opportunities program will provide 300 experiential work placements says CTMA executive director Robert Cattle.
“These placements can last from 10 to 16 weeks and be consecutive,” Cattle noted during a CTMA meeting at the Canadian Warplane Museum. “ Let’s say you hire a post-secondary co-op student, and get involved in this program. If this co-op is over ten weeks in length, we help you with a wage compensation. Perhaps you have hired a new high school graduate who is looking to start a career, this is a no-brainer for we all know it takes years to learn skills within our industry, so you could apply for consecutive placements.”
The program is funded by the Skills Development Fund through the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Skills Development and is now in its fifth year.
Cattle said manufacturers have to train people regularly and this costs money as well as the time taken from the most senior and productive employees to transfer skills to the new recruits.
“We believe that we should compensate these companies for their costs, it really is a simple premise. We do this with a wage subsidy of 50% of the wages paid up to $5,000 for each placement and these placements can be consecutive,” Cattle said.
He added the program has been streamlined with having one contact for the entire program.
“Also, this year we are allowed some international students or people with a 900 series social insurance number. These will be viewed on an individual basis,” Cattle said.
In other CTMA news, Cattle announced that sponsorship for the Annual Apprenticeship Award program are now open.
“These awards add up to thousands of dollars in value for apprentices and for those of you who have attended our AGMs in the past, you know just how valuable these awards can be. Recipients bring their parents, their spouses, I have even seen grandparents attend, to watch them receive their awards,” Cattle said.
He asked companies interested in sponsoring this year’s Apprentice Awards to either go to CTMA’s website (ctma.com) or contact marketing @ctma.com for more information.
Cattle also announced that CTMA’s next AGM has been scheduled for September 21 at the Lamplighter Inn in London, Ont.