Developing the next generation for skilled trades in advanced manufacturing

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

  • Employer
  • Participants
  • Educator

About the Program

Canada currently faces a critical shortage of skilled workers. Skilled tradespeople in the manufacturing sector are in high demand and will continue to be at an increasing rate because of the rapid pace of technological changes in our industry and as current workers begin to retire.

WILWorks Skilled Trades is a pre-apprenticeship program for youth (15-29) to discover and receive hands-on experience in skilled trades related to advanced manufacturing. For manufacturers, the program will help to create a pipeline of talent to fill the growing demand in manufacturing skilled trades roles.

The program has been designed to be highly flexible for employers and participants.  Training is delivered through online self-directed modules and hands-on practical components completed during a work placement of up to 12 weeks.

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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 work placement of up to 12 weeks.

Employer Eligibility

  • A registered Canadian business or organization
  • A member of Canada's manufacturing sector or a related sector

Employer Benefits

  • Create a pipeline of future employees with an interest in manufacturing skilled trade
  • Identify and upskill current frontline workers with an interest in a skilled trade
  • Provide introductory technical training to upskill current employees

Program Schedule

Customized training will be provided to each learner based on existing experience

  • Self Directed E-Learning: 1-2 days per week, please reference training schedule for more details
  • Work Placement: Up to 12 weeks
    • 3-4 days a week of job shadowing, including weekly assigned activities

Trades Currently Explored in the Program

  • Industrial Mechanic Millwright
  • Industrial Electrician

Participant Eligibility

  • Employers may enroll current employees and new hires, between the ages of 15 to 29
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada
  • EMC will recruit and enroll participants into the program and place with manufacturers based on employer criteria and proximity
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At A Glance


  • Subsidies of 50% of participant’s wages, up to $5,000
  • Work placement up to 12 weeks


  • Only for registered Canadian businesses
  • Manufacturing sector


  • Develop pipeline of new hires for future skilled trades roles
  • Identify current employees with interest in skilled trades
  • Upskill current employees


  • Placement up to 12 weeks
  • 3-4 days a week of job shadowing
  • Self Directed E-Learning: 1-2 days per week

Participant Eligibility

  • Between the ages of 15 to 29
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada
  • Employers may enroll current employees

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