The Industry Education Council of Hamilton and Mohawk College are teaming up to launch a new program geared towards closing the skills gap.
Come January, 48 high school graduates will be enrolled in the 28 week ESTATE program.
Students will be trained for jobs in advanced manufacturing, computer numeric code and mobile industrial hydraulics.
Mohawk President, Ron McKerlie says it plays directly into findings from the Mayor’s Blue Ribbon Task Force on workforce development.
“We’ve got an aging workforce, we’ve got some vacancies right now that can’t to be filled.”
McKerlie stresses that manufacturing is alive and well in Hamilton but that companies need the next generation in order to grow and sell.
There is an expectation that most students entering this program will have jobs upon completion.
This is largely due to the mentorship component, that brings industry professionals into the mix.
ESTATE will be funded through a provincial grant and in kind services from community partners.
Cesare Di Donato, Executive Director of the Industry Education Council of Hamilton believes it will make this educational offering more accessible to students.
“There is really no tuition per say, there is an administrative fee of three hundred and fifty dollars for a student.”
Two hundred dollars will be reimbursed upon completion of the program according to Di Donato.
“At the end of August, into September, that’s when we’re hoping to have jobs for these young people.”