Contact: Toni MacDonald
Women's Enterprise Skills Training of Windsor Inc. received funding from the Government of Ontario through the Ontario Women's Directorate to offer a 42-week WIST CNC Industrial Mechanic Millwright Pre-Apprenticeship Certificate Program is designed to facilitate the entry of individuals without prior experience and knowledge into the millwright/ machining trade.
Women's Enterprise Skills Training of Windsor in partnership with St. Clair College and UNIFOR is delivering WIST program to provide employment training and support to low-income women who are unemployed or under-employed to gain gender-sensitive in class and on the job training to prepare them for employment in the trade.
Participants in this program will complete the Level 1 Industrial Mechanic Millwright Apprenticeship in-school curriculum, as well as 70 hours of "hands-on" CNC Practical Skills with General Machinist concepts, combined with an 8-week industry work placement, all designed to meet current labour market shortages and address industry's specific needs in these trades.
In addition, the program incorporates components not found in the basic level training, such as job search and communications skills and training in computer literacy and various computer applications. The benefits of the placement are two-fold: trainees benefit from real world exposure; industry benefits by reducing the training time for new employees and are paid a wage subsidy to offset training costs.