Manufacturing is unfortunately (and falsely) believed to be an unglamorous occupation, when in actuality there are clean and lean productions going on in eastern Ontario on the cutting edge of technological advancement. People with digital skills will be highly sought after in the coming years. As a member of the first truly digital generation, you are perfectly poised to be an innovator in Ontario manufacturing.
Manufacturing in Ontario is currently strong, with companies embracing technological change and harnessing efficiencies. But there were economic challenges in the past.
As you graduate, you might not be thinking of a manufacturing career as a place where you’ll thrive. You have a lot of choices confronting you: where to continue your education, should you continue your education, whether to live in residence or an off-campus apartment. You’re busy wondering what electives you should take and if there’s a way to schedule your classes so you don’t have to wake up too early, or maybe so you don’t spend your whole Wednesday at school.
Did you know there is such a thing as a Manufacturing Day? Well, there is! Created in 2012 by the Founding Partner Fabricators and Manufacturers Association, Manufacturing Day has a mission to help educate the populace on popular misconceptions about manufacturing to change the perception of the industry. Manufacturing Day is an opportunity for Ontario manufacturing companies to open their doors and show residents, youth, and job seekers what manufacturing is all about. The official date for Manufacturing Day is October 5th, but Manufacturing Day can really be any date that works for you.
As a job seeker looking for a new career, (possibly because your last career was disrupted by changes in technology) you’re looking for stability for the long term. You know it’s a big change to commit to an entirely new career path. No one wants to make that commitment only to find out in a few years’ time that all the jobs are gone.
We're in the 4th industrial revolution, and digital technology is allowing businesses to scale. Pierre Cléroux, of the BDC, released a report titled “The 4th industrial revolution is here. Are you ready?” highlighting the benefits of technology adoption. Business owners across the country were interviewed to determine how the digital landscape is improving the bottom line. Scott Hudson was featured in the report and explained the key drawback of sticking with traditional manufacturing and production methods.
There are many Ontario manufacturing success stories. It’s easy to find one that will inspire you to consider a manufacturing career. From IT gear for the Olympic Games and high-tech equipment for NASA to vegan desserts and clothing labels, everyone can find a product they will be proud to manufacture. Once you find your manufacturing passion and become part of the company family, you may never want to leave.
The upcoming labour shortage in Canada is projected to last at least a decade, and that’s because thousands of baby boomers will be retiring in the next five years, leaving more jobs unfilled than filled. A lot of companies in the coming years will struggle to fill jobs.
The period following graduation is a strenuous time for anyone, but it can be even trickier if you don’t know what you want to do when you graduate. You probably feel yourself pulled in all sorts of directions.
If you’re looking to attract youth to jobs in manufacturing, it helps to speak their language.