The Ontario government has announced two new projects in an effort to help people land full-time jobs in the automotive manufacturing sector.
The province said it will invest over $4.7 million in the initiatives to provide more than 360 job seekers with skills for rewarding careers in machine operation, assembly, quality control, and logistics while preparing others for work in the emerging electric vehicle field.
“These new programs will not only provide people with opportunities for good-paying jobs and rewarding careers, but they’ll also help support our growing auto industry,” said Premier Doug Ford in a news release. “We’re securing the future of our province’s auto sector, attracting billions of dollars in new investments for electric vehicle and battery production and ensuring the cars of the future are built right here in Ontario, by Ontario workers.”
The first project, managed by the Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association, will include three-month paid job placements where job seekers will complete online and hands-on training focused on critical industry skills. After completing the program, each participant will transition into full-time employment.
The second project, managed by the Automotive Industries Association of Canada, will help technicians and jobseekers gain the skills needed to transition and launch their careers in the electric vehicle industry. Training will be offered at Conestoga College, Fanshawe College and St. Lawrence College.
The two projects will be paid for by the government’s $700 million Skills Development Fund.