For Atlantic Canadian Manufacturers

WILWorks Youth in Manufacturing

  • Employers
  • Participants
  • Educators

About the Program

Funded by the Government of Canada through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), the goal of the WILWorks Youth in Manufacturing Program is to increase awareness of the manufacturing sector as a career destination of choice. Atlantic Canada employers involved in the program will receive mentorship training for current employees at no cost and a financial incentive of up to $2500 for each youth work placement. The program provides eligible participants (aged 16-20) with funded industry recognized training to support a work placement in the manufacturing sector.

Interested in the program but have more questions? April hosts a casual, virtual Q&A session every Monday at 10:00am AST.

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Program Funding

The program offers employers a financial incentive of up to $2,500 per participant for an 8–10-week work term.

Program Training

Participants will gain valuable knowledge and micro-credentials by completing two online self-directed training programs during their term.

EMC’s Manufacturing Foundations (approximately 6 hours) certifies that the participant has developed an authentic understanding of what it takes to be successful in manufacturing and will have demonstrated employability soft skills in a manufacturing workplace.

Lean Fundamentals (approximately 6-8 hours) certifies that the learner has developed an understanding of the principles of Lean thinking in a manufacturing environment.

Employer Benefits

  • Provide youth with an opportunity to learn about careers in manufacturing
  • Identify new hires for your organization

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Employer Eligibility

  • A registered Canadian business or organization operating in one of the four Atlantic Canada Provinces: New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island
  • A member of Canada's manufacturing sector or a related sector (NAICS 31-33)
  • Commitment to a minimum of 12-14 hours of participant training during the work period
  • Commitment to provide participants with 8-10 weeks work (80-120 hours)

Participant Eligibility

  • Between 16-20 years old at program start
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada
  • Reside in Atlantic Canada (NB, NL, NS, or PEI)

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