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Building Skilled Talent Together: Addressing the Technical Skills Gap for Mississauga’s Advanced Manufacturing Sector

I want to expand and I can’t find the skilled talent I need.

I need to hire millwrights, electricians, and welders ASAP for my plant.

CNC machinists are so hard to find.

Where am I going to find a qualified systems engineer to operate my production facility?

These comments come directly from companies in our advanced manufacturing (AM) sector in Mississauga. Whether it is the CEO, Plant Manager, or HR Administrator, they all agree on this point: It is very difficult to find skilled talent for Mississauga’s thriving AM sector. Several Mississauga AM companies tell us it is the number one issue preventing them from expanding into further markets and taking on more clients.

In response to this critical issue for a large number of employers, Mayor Bonnie Crombie in conjunction with the City of Mississauga’s Economic Development Office will be hosting Building Skilled Talent Together, an industry forum to be held on Tuesday, May 16th, 8:30 am at the Living Arts Centre, bringing together Mississauga’s advanced manufacturing companies and education and training providers. This initiative is intended to stimulate transformative change and result in action to address Mississauga’s skilled labour gap and the immediate and longer term employee needs of our companies.

This is not just another networking event. We are purposely bringing together AM employers and trainers including a number of post-secondary institutions and private technical training colleges that offer programs and custom skills training that directly solve the advanced manufacturing employee needs of our aerospace, automotive, food and beverage, and clean technology sectors. Advanced manufacturers can speak directly to these solutions providers to find out about technical skills training programs that can be customized to meet their specific occupational needs. Industry can learn about the specialized training facilities they offer, and influence future program and curriculum development for advanced manufacturing training.

If you are an advanced manufacturing company in Mississauga, please click here for your invitation to this event, and RSVP by May 2nd for your opportunity to speak directly to solutions providers about your employee skills needs.