MRO Magazine

Youth graduate from CTMA Introductory Trades Training Program


February 1, 2016
By MRO Staff

Graduates in the Canadian Tooling & Machining Association's trades program have been offered full-time employment.

Graduates in the Canadian Tooling & Machining Association’s Introductory Trades Training program.

Windsor, Ont. – On Wednesday, January 27th, seventeen youth graduated from the Canadian Tooling & Machining Association’s 32-week Introductory Trades Training program through which they learned tool, die, mould and machining skills. This program was designed by the CTMA and its member companies to help reduce youth unemployment in Windsor and Essex County and to help close the skilled trades gap in the tool, die, mould and machining industry.

So far, more than 60 youth (aged 18-29) have graduated from the program and gained valuable workplace skills and experience through this 32-week program that begins with 6 weeks of intensive introductory training at the Valiant Training & Development Centre, followed by 26 weeks of on-the-job training at various machine, tool, die & mould companies in the Windsor-Essex region.

These new graduates have been offered full-time permanent employment by their host employers who include:
Absolute Industrial Management
Active Industrial Solutions
Bolzano Tool & Die Ltd.
Briadco Fixture & Gauge
Cavalier Tool And Manufacturing Ltd.
Circle 5 Tool & Mold Inc.
Cutting-Edge Technologies
Jahn Engineering Ltd.
Kapco Tool & Die Ltd.
LT&D Tool & Die Inc.
Manor Tool & Die Ltd.
Sigma Engineering
Unique Tool & Gauge Inc.

The CTMA has another class currently running that will be graduating in June.


Youth outreach assistance and screening is provided by the Windsor Employment Assessment Centre and the Valiant Training & Development Centre. Funding is provided by Ontario’s Ministry of Economic Development, Employment & Infrastructure (MEDEI) through the Youth Skills Connections – Industry Stream program.

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