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CNC Selection and Training Program


The CNC Machining program is helping to tackle a skills shortage in the Ontario manufacturing industry by connecting talented and hardworking youth with manufacturing companies for much needed positions as CNC Machinists, Operators and Programmers. It opens youth up to a new career, while paying them to learn a new trade. Following an initial screening process, successful applicants enter a 26-week employment and training program – three weeks of classroom instruction and 23-weeks of shop floor, hands-on on-the job learning on production CNC machines.

This industry-led initiative is a different model for learning and training, providing an outcomes-based approach that offers tremendous benefits to companies. Rather than having to find good candidates on their own, employers can rely on the Ontario Manufacturing Learning Consortium (OMLC) to do the searching and screening for them. Initial results from the program have been very strong, producing results in an accelerated time frame, which is attracting the attention of more companies looking to address their own shortage of CNC Machinists, Operators and Programmers.

Learn more about the program by contacting Laura Pixley at or 647-556-5818, or by visiting



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