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WILWorks Skilled Trades in Advanced Manufacturing

Developing the next generation for skilled trades in advanced manufacturing

WILWorks Skilled Trades in Advanced Manufacturing program introduces youth (15-29) to high demand skilled trades in advanced manufacturing.

  • Employers
  • Participants
  • Educators

About the Program

Canada's skilled worker shortage is a pressing issue, especially in the manufacturing sector, where demand is soaring due to rapid technological advancements and impending retirements. WILWorks Skilled Trades in Advanced Manufacturing is a pre-apprenticeship program for youth (15-29), providing the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in advanced manufacturing trades.

This program is designed to create a skilled workforce for Canada’s manufacturing future, utilizing employer-led, hands-on training and mentorship. Participants gain access to online self-directed e-learning focused on introductory technical skills for industrial mechanic millwrights and industrial electricians.

Our employer-friendly approach lets you integrate training easily, while participants gain valuable, real-world experience during a training period of up to 20 weeks. Funded by the Government of Canada's Skilled Trades Awareness and Readiness Program, together we can build the manufacturing workforce of tomorrow!

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Program Funding

The program offers employers wage subsidies of 50% of participant’s wages to a maximum of $5,000 for a training period of up to 20 weeks.

Program Training

Equip your learner with valuable knowledge through e-learning and hands-on training. Mechanical and electrical theory are covered, while optional lean and employability skills elevate performance. Witness transformations during the workplace hands-on training, spanning up to 20 weeks. Your organization’s skilled program mentors and trainers in mechanical and electrical fields create meaningful relationships, fostering learning potential and elevating your organization’s capabilities.

Trades Currently Explored in the Program

Employer Benefits

  • Build a pipeline of skilled trade enthusiasts for future employment
  • Identify and upskill current frontline workers with an interest in a skilled trades
  • Empower your employees with introductory technical training, boosting their expertise

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Employer Eligibility

  • A registered Canadian business or organization
  • A member of Canada's manufacturing sector or a related sector
  • Commitment to a minimum of 60 hours of learner training during the training period,
  • Commitment to providing participants with 30 hours of internal workplace training led by an employee during the training period. Availability of personnel with relevant skills to train in the covered technical concepts.

Participant Eligibility

  • Current employees, new hires and students aged 15-29
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada,
  • Not enrolled in an apprenticeship program,
  • Not currently working in their desired field, and
  • Not licensed in a skilled trade.

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