Career-Ready with CTMA: Expanding Opportunities: Now Accepting Applications!

An experiential work placement program for the machine, tool, die, mould and automation sector

The Canadian Tooling & Machining Association (CTMA) is pleased to announce this very successful program has been extended for another year! It is designed to help more people increase their skills for great job opportunities in the precision metalworking sector, which includes machining, tool & die making, mould making, jig & fixture building, automation/robotics, additive manufacturing, and other related businesses.

The Career-Ready with CTMA: Expanding Opportunities program provides non-repayable contributions to eligible employers to subsidize the wages of new hires or the upskilling of existing employees that meet the program’s eligibility criteria. The program is designed to support experiential learning opportunities, which is a hands-on learning model where participants learn by doing. The goal is to provide participants with real-world work experience that improves their employability by building their knowledge and skills.


Support employers in building a talent pipeline by introducing participants to careers in the precision metalworking sector.

  • Support talent growth and attract the next generation of workers.
  • Provide participants with practical on-the-job learning experiences that will help launch their careers in the precision metalworking sector.
  • Improve linkages between secondary schools, post-secondary institutions, job seekers and employers.
  • Support employers by helping offset some of the costs associated with hiring and developing workplace skills.
This program will provide up to 300 Experiential Work Placements for candidates that meet the program’s eligibility requirements. Work placements will run from 10 to 16 weeks. Consecutive placements will be permitted if they can be completed by March 22, 2024.


  • Support the creation of 300 Experiential Work Placements in the precision metalworking sector for new apprentices, high school graduates, post-secondary graduates or co-op students, job seekers looking for full-time employment, and existing employees looking to upskill.
  • Coordinate interviews and placements for eligible candidates with member companies and other eligible employers in Ontario.



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This employment Ontario program is funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.