Inspiring the next generation of skilled workers at Manufacturing Day
October 5, 2018
GUELPH, Ontario – A young generation of future workers spent Friday exploring career possibilities in manufacturing.
October 5 was Manufacturing Day and secondary schools across the Upper Grand participated by touring local facilities and hearing from individuals who work in the industry.
The UGDSB organized 11 tours in the board, with every secondary school’s manufacturing program participating. Schools each did a morning and afternoon tour in their region, with a complimentary lunch and guest speakers breaking up the day.
Students had the chance to learn about possible careers in manufacturing while relating what they are learning in the classroom to real life work.
In Guelph, students from Centennial CVI, College Heights SS, Guelph CVI, and John F. Ross CVI toured facilities including Denso Manufacturing, Linamar, Con Cast Piping, Blount International and Hammond Power Solution.
Wellington County schools, CWDHS, Wellington Heights SS, Norwell DSS and Erin DHS, toured Walinga, Musashi Auto Parts, The Gund Company, Quality Engineered Homes and CGL Manufacturing.
Dufferin students from Centre Dufferin DHS, Orangeville DSS and Westside SS toured KTH Manufacturing, Rochling Engineering Plastics and Superior Glove Works.
The UGDSB partnered with the Workforce Planning Board of Waterloo Wellington Dufferin to host the event, with support from the Career Education Council. The event is one part of the Upper Grand’s strategic tech plan to promote education in manufacturing.
The UGDSB offers a Specialist High Skills Major program in Manufacturing, which introduces students to skilled trades and professional areas such as engineering, technologist, millwright, machinist, tool and die, and welding. Students apply their knowledge and skills of computer assisted design, blueprint reading, physics and mathematics while working on unique projects and problem solving opportunities. To learn more about enrolling in the SHSM Manufacturing program, visit the board website.