CANADA'S LEADING INFORMATION SOURCE FOR THE METALWORKING INDUSTRY

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CANADA'S LEADING INFORMATION SOURCE FOR THE METALWORKING INDUSTRY

CANADA'S LEADING INFORMATION SOURCE FOR THE METALWORKING INDUSTRY

CTMA, OCTE begin deliveries of new advanced machinery to 40 high schools

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A student at W.F. Herman Academy Secondary is eager to test out the new evolution saw, made possible by the work of CTMA and OCTE. PHOTO courtesy OCTE

The gift giving of the holiday season is coming early for many Ontario high schools with metal working trades programs, thanks to the Canadian Tooling & Machining Association (CTMA) and Ontario Council for Technology Education (OCTE).

CTMA and OCTE, in partnership with 22 district school boards, are purchasing and delivering new, high-tech machine equipment for 40 high schools throughout the province. The equipment deliveries began in November and range from CNC milling centres, lathes, and plasma cutters, to CNC desktop milling machines, high precision conventional milling machines and lathes with readouts, and more. In addition, each school will receive tool kits and cutting tools.

“Our goal is to expose high school students to technology at an earlier age to engage their interest for a career within our industry,” said Robert Cattle, CTMA executive director. “Not only does this expose students to newer technology at an earlier age, but also gives teachers up-to-date equipment to implement in their classrooms.”

Dave Lewis, OCTE past chair, commented: “This exciting partnership is providing much-needed support for our manufacturing technology high school programs and will go a long way in reducing the skilled trades gap in this important industry.”

The other half of the program will provide experiential work placements for high school co-op students, with a focus in the precision metal cutting sector. Each student will be paid an hourly rate while earning cooperative education credits.

“Our government is proud to support projects that exposes high school students to the skilled trades early on,” said Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development. “Our province needs more skilled workers and attracting more young people into these rewarding careers is crucial to that objective. I want to congratulate the CTMA and OCTE for this incredible initiative.”

Each participant will work alongside experienced tradespeople, skilled workers and other professionals who will provide them with an opportunity to gain real world skills and knowledge.

Eligible employers could receive a wage subsidy of 50% of wages paid, up to $5,000 per placement.

More information about the Career-Ready with CTMA program is available here

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