Women’s Enterprise Skills Training of Windsor Inc. received funding the through the Government of Ontario to offer a 42-week WIST CNC Industrial Mechanic Millwright Pre-Apprenticeship Certificate Program. The 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 Inc. in partnership with St. Clair College and UNIFOR is delivering the 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 will complete the Level 1 Industrial Mechanic Millwright Apprenticeship in-school curriculum, 70 hours of “hands-on” CNC Practical Skills with General Machinist concepts, combined with a 8-week industry work placement. The program is designed to meet current labour market shortages and address industry’s specific needs in these trades.
The program incorporates components not included in basic level training, such as job search and communications skills, computer literacy training 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.
This program is funded by the Government of Ontario, with additional funding support from the Canadian Women’s Foundation.