(WINDSOR, ON) – Local high school students will soon benefit from a new one-year training program being initiated by Unique Tool and Gauge, a full service design, manufacturing, and program management firm in Windsor. Training for the first intake began on February 6, and includes six grade 11 students working on a paid co-op placement and two from St Clair College’s general machinist program.
“Our industry needs to find new ways to attract, train, grow, and retain great young people,” Darcy King, president of Unique Tool and Gauge, told Canadian Metalworking. “For our first class of trainees, we’ve worked in partnership with the Greater Essex County District School Board’s Ontario Youth Apprentice Program and the Dual Credit Program associated with St Clair College to develop what we feel is a great way to attract talented young people to the world of high-technology manufacturing.”
At the completion of the program, the trainees will have received instruction and hands-on experience with mould construction, EDM operation, CNC machining, computer-based mould design, and critical-tolerance machining operations.
The students, from Villanova, General Amherst, and Herman, will return to school for grade 12 studies in February next year. They’ll graduate on time and then have an opportunity to return to UTG in full time positions.
The program offered by UTG is not restricted to only students. Anyone who is interested in a mouldmaking career can apply to join the September intake. While in the program, all participants receive fulltime salary and benefits from UTG.