Funding Available for Employers


Do you need promising young candidates interested in becoming a CNC Machinist?

Does your company need good CNC Machinists but you can’t find enough experienced ones?

Are you prepared to do some training, but find it challenging to recruit and select young people who can be trained to become good CNC machinists and good employees?

Is training new CNC machinists a big cost and a risky investment for your company – lots of time and effort required, with undertain results?


The Ontario Manufacturing Learning Consortium (OMLC) – which currently involves the Ontario aerospace, tooling and machining, nuclear and general manufacturing sectors* – will provide:

  • Screened candidates (Youth 18-29 years old) who definitely have what it takes to be a good CNC Machinist
  • Classroom training (3 weeks) at the start to give them the basics to be workplace-ready
  • Training guidelines to assist you in teaching the trainee(s) you select – 23 weeks on your shop floor – the ‘real world’ of CNC machining
  • Coaching/mentoring over the entire 26 week program to ensure success
  • $8,000 cash payment for each successful trainee, in support of your training training activities
  • Access to funding programs to help offset the wage costs of your new employee(s) being trained as CNC Machinists (up to $6,800 per trainee) plus $1,000 for your trainee to purchase tools
  • An OMLC Certificate for those employees who become qualified to the industry-defined standards as a CNC Machinist (Level 1)

Your role is to:

  • Work with us through this very different selection, hiring and training process
  • Agree to hire and train one or two or three or more Youth, per the OMLC’s CNC Machinist Learning Program (approx. 26 weeks)
  • Appoint a Lead Trainer in your organization who will agree to provide training to the hired Youth, per the OMLC’s CNC Machinist Learning Program
  • Pay a Participation Fee ($1,500 for members of CTMA, OAC, CME or OCI, or $2,500 for non-members) for the first trainee. This fee contributes towards the cost of recruiting, interviewing and testing candidates to identify the ones who have the aptitudes, attitudes and personal characteristics to succeed as a CNC Machinist.
  • For each additional trainee, pay a Recruiting+Screening+Classroom Training Fee of $3,500.

Training activities will start in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) in September 2014, the Western Ontario Chapter (Cambridge-Kitchener-Waterloo-Guelph-Stratford-London, etc.) in March 2015, and other locations to be announced.

If your company is interested in participating in this innovative new Program, you should act promptly.


Simply send the name, title, email and phone number of the person who will complete the online Expression of Interest (EoI) for your company – by email to .  We’ll send that person an email with log-in instructions to our secure web site.  Once your EoI has been received, an OMLC representative will arrange to meet with you to provide full details so you can make a good business decision about participating in this program. Only 36 positions are available – EoI’s are handled on a first-come-first-served basis. 

FAQs available here

If you have questions or if you want more details about the program – contact one of the following:

Rod Jones, Program Director, OMLC at 416-399-2648 or

Robert Cattle, Executive Director, CTMA at 519-653-7265 or

If you know of any interested youth (ages 18 – 29) that might be interested, just give them this link and encourage them to apply:

Youth Application


OR interested youth can visit and search for “CNC Machine Operator Training Program.”

This Program is funded in part by the Government of Ontario.



* The founding members of the Ontario Manufacturing Learning Consortium are:  the Ontario Aerospace Council (OAC), the Canadian Tooling & Machining Association (CTMA), the Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries (OCI) and Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters (CME). Other manufacturing sector organizations are welcome to join.

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