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Co-op diploma apprenticeship program to provide new technicians for industry

Program available even to those who lack a sponsor.

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2014-07-28

Oakville, ON – Sheridan College is offering a three-year Co-op Diploma Apprenticeship program in Mechanical Technician-Tool Making to make it easier, cheaper and faster for individuals to pursue in-school and on-the-job training in a sector that is poised to grow, according to a 2014 Outlook Report by KPMG.

The seamless program enables individuals to train as apprentices, completing all in-school learning outcomes and significant on-the-job training, while concurrently obtaining a post-secondary diploma.

“Students complete a year-long, paid work experience in which they develop in-depth tool-making skills while accumulating up to 2,000 hours toward their apprenticeship,” said Alan Reid, associate dean of Sheridan’s Skills Training Centre in Oakville, where the program is based.

“[Since] an employer consortium sponsors all participants, the program is available even to students who lack a sponsor, eliminating one of the biggest obstacles to apprenticeship training,” said Reid.

“Given that students complete three semesters of study prior to beginning their on-the-job training, the co-op diploma program also addresses employers’ growing demands for individuals with a stronger knowledge base at the start of their placement,” he added. “As a result, our students are entrusted with more challenging and meaningful projects than they likely would undertake if we had a shorter in the field component.”

Sheridan’s employer consortium group consists of 18 employers in the West GTA that collectively offers about 40 placements.

While the manufacturing sector has experienced its fair share of challenges over the past five years, the KPMG report, based on a survey of 139 senior Canadian manufacturing executives, showed that 74% are optimistic or very optimistic about their future, representing an increase of 11% since 2010.

The same report identifies a strong concern among Canadian manufacturers as being a lack of qualified people to meet their projected demand at a time when companies are looking to hire more workers. It also outlines a high level of confidence in the North American market as a source of new growth -- as opposed to emerging economies.

“Without tool making, there is no manufacturing,” noted Reid. “Every time you change the shape of any product that is mass produced, a new tool is required. This is the talent we’re cultivating at Sheridan. We’re building the foundational expertise that companies need to manufacture their products or make production happen, whether they operate in the pharmaceutical, automotive, electrical components, medical, food or aerospace industry.

“Our biggest challenge at Sheridan is that we have five times the job offers as we do graduates to fill them.”

For more information about the Mechanical Technician-Tool Making program, call 905-845-9430 ext. 8059, or visit https://sheridancollege.ca/academics/programs-and-courses/mechanical-technician-tool-making.aspx.



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