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 ‘Employer Skills Training Advantage To Employment’

A skills development program designed to fill specific workforce needs through focused, high level training, within 2 sectors identified in the Greater Hamilton Area. The sectors are:

(1) Advanced Manufacturing/CNC

(2) Mobile Industrial/Hydraulics

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Entry Level Advantage to Employment


School to Work Transition Program for Advanced Manufacturing

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Definition:  “Advanced manufacturing involves the use of technology to improve products and/or processes, with the relevant technology being described as “advanced,” “innovative,” or cutting edge.”


The Industry-Education Council of Hamilton (IEC) is coordinating a work transition program to enhance employment potential for youth not entering into post-secondary programs, and seeking employment. This addresses a demonstrated need among local manufacturers for entry-level process operators.

In Hamilton, over 500 manufacturers have indicated they struggle to find workers with the requisite entry-level personal skills, foundational academic skills, and basic understanding of manufacturing processes needed to sustain safe and effective operations. This program will fill this need.


The training program will integrate essential employability skills (literacy, numeracy, problem solving, teamwork, personal effectiveness), with a solid foundation in transferable vocational skills. All participants will be provided with an electronic notebook to develop computer skills.

The 32 week program will include a 6 week internship that will provide the opportunity for employers to determine future employment potential. ‘Program graduates’ will emerge with a practical entry-level skill set that will position them well for continued employment in the manufacturing sector and will provide a foundation for continued training in an apprenticeship.

The program will cover the following fundamentals in manufacturing: 

Welding, Contextual Math, Print Reading-Mechanical, Electrical Basics, Print Reading-Electrical, Fluid Power, Health & Safety, Industrial Maintenance, AutoCAD, Manufacturing Processes and Automation Systems & Process Control.


This work transition program will enhance employment potential for youth in Hamilton who may face barriers and are not entering into post-secondary programs, but are seeking  employment.

Students must demonstrate a desire to succeed, show initiative and have ambition to earn a successful career, by their commitment to the program. In the application, candidates should outline their skills and attitudes that will contribute to their success in the program. Competency in mathematics will contribute to the successful completion of the academic portion of this program.

Up to 24 qualified candidates will be offered a position in the program.


 Beginning August 5th, 2014  and lasting for 32 weeks


Mohawk College, Stoney Creek Campus 481 Barton Street, Stoney Creek, ON L8E 2L7


 Interested applicants are to contact Cesare DiDonato, Executive Director, IEC of Hamilton by e-mail or phone, no later than June 27th, 2014.


905-529-4483 ex 225

Cell  905-630-0752

We will be happy to meet any applicant in their home, school, or the IEC offices to answer questions and provide more support.


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