Cambridge, ON – The Canadian Tooling and Machining Association (CTMA) has launched its 2015 Annual Bursary Award Program. The purpose of the program is to recognize, support and provide encouragement to apprentices and pre-apprentices. It will also increase awareness of the value of skilled trades training that will contribute to an improved tooling and machining industry for Canada.
“Raising the profile of our trades and encouraging more companies to train is very important and this bursary award supports both of these goals,” said Ben Whitney, president, Armo-Tool Inc., London, ON.
As industry is changing the way skills training is being delivered, the committee has taken a proactive approach and created a new award this year for pre-apprentices that are registered in an introductory skills training program.
CTMA member companies may nominate up to three apprentices and/or pre-apprentices (in any combination) annually for the selection committee’s consideration.
Selected apprentices will receive a bursary award of up to $1,000 and selected pre-apprentices will receive a bursary award of up to $500, as well as a selection of tools and other trade-related items (dependent on the level of sponsorship received).
“A bursary award is a terrific way of recognizing the dedication to our trade and extra effort put in by an apprentice,” said Dave Henning, president, Answer Precision, Kitchener, ON. “It affords them the opportunity to purchase tools and further their education, which would otherwise be difficult for them.”
Dan Gardiner, an apprentice at Answer Precision, added, “The award has given me a huge boost in confidence – having an opportunity like this seems to be rare and far between. It is beneficial to the future of the trade because it brings more awareness to it.”
CTMA members can show support for apprenticeship and skilled trades training by making a financial donation to the George H. Shaffer Education Fund, which is used to support the Bursary Awards that encourage the recipients to continue their training.
“This award has removed some of the pressures of buying tools, school books and tuition and my confidence as a tool and die maker has improved by receiving such an honour,” said Matthew Ellis, an apprentice with Kapco Tool and Die Ltd., Windsor, ON.
The deadline to submit an application is June 19, 2015. The form can be found here.