NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS: Career-Ready with CTMA: Expanding Opportunities program
The Canadian Tooling & Machining Association (CTMA) is pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for the Career-Ready with CTMA: Expanding Opportunities program! Through this program, eligible employers could receive 50% of wages paid up to $5,000 for a single placement, up to $10,000 for two placements, and up to $15,000 for three placements to assist with the cost of hiring and training (depending on start date). Participants of the Career-Ready program receive hands-on training in a real-world work experience that improves their employability by building their knowledge and skills. CTMA will support the creation of 300
Registration open for ISTMA World Conference in South Africa
Registration is open to attend the ISTMA World Conference in Cape Town, South Africa. The event will be held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from Nov. 6 to 10, 2023. This event will feature: World Conference focusing on Sustainable Development, Technical Advances in Tooling Manufacturing and Skills Development ISTMA Regional Meetings ISTMA World General Assembly Plant Tours A comprehensive social calendar with an accompanying partner program Gala Dinner All Africa Expo INDABA Invest in Africa An opportunity to participate in post-conference tours. More information & registration is available here.
Ontario increasing minimum wage to $16.55
The Ontario government is increasing the minimum wage to $16.55 an hour as of Oct. 1, 2023. This 6.8 per cent pay raise for low-income workers builds on the government’s steady and predictable increases every year to help families offset the rising cost of living. “Under the leadership of Premier Ford, our government is putting workers in the driver’s seat of their careers, and their lives,” said Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development. “This latest increase is a fair and balanced approach that means more money in their pockets so they can support their families and
Sponsorships now available for Annual Apprentice Awards!
The CTMA has always been a supporter of encouraging and inspiring youth to begin their careers in the trades, and we know this initiative hits home for many of our members. CTMA's Apprentice Awards support, recognize and provide encouragement to apprentices, while increasing the awareness of the value of apprenticeship training, which contributes to an improved tooling and machining industry in Canada. Our hope is that you will also help us provide support & encouragement to hardworking apprentices by becoming a sponsor of this year's Apprentice Awards. What will apprentices receive? Your sponsorship will help provide the following: Cash
How CTMA is investing in the future of our industry
Robert Cattle, executive director, was recently featured in an episode of Fifth Wave Manufacturing's “The Story of Making Tomorrow”, where he discusses ways that the CTMA is answering the challenge of not having enough skilled people in machining. Cattle expands on this with topics including: ● CTMA's Career-Ready program ● How youth get acquainted with machining ● Working with Schools and provincial governments ● Providing for all the jobs at a machine shop ● Training costs ● Canadian market health ● and, much more! You'll be surprised at the results and the scope of the action. Watch the
Ontario preparing students for jobs of the future
The Ontario government has announced that it is implementing a new high school graduation requirement to help better prepare students across our province for the jobs of tomorrow. Starting with students entering Grade 9 in September 2024, all students will now be required to earn a Grade 9 or 10 Technological Education credit as part of their Ontario Secondary School Diploma. “This is fantastic news! For decades, the CTMA has been advocating for compulsory technology courses in order for students to receive their high school diploma here in Ontario," said Robert Cattle, executive director. "I know that the