Are you wondering what’s next for you? Thinking about the next step in your career can be intimidating.

Yet, in manufacturing, the career possibilities are endless.

Especially as most Canadian manufacturers are having trouble recruiting skilled employees, a figure that has been growing for some time.

Currently, there are 18,900 manufacturing jobs currently unfilled in Ontario.

This means that there are thousands of entry-level job openings waiting right now for someone like you!

What is the Manufacturing Readiness Program?

Empowering you with the tools for stable employment and personal and professional growth, the Manufacturing Readiness Program is a comprehensive training pathway. It is aimed at providing newcomers and individuals seeking a transition to a new role with the essential skills you need to thrive in the manufacturing industry.

Participating in the program comes at no cost whatsoever. Not only that, manufacturing jobs have consistently proven to not only offer competitive pay, but also exceptional benefits, making it a highly attractive career choice.


Designed to kickstart your career in manufacturing, the goal of these courses is to provide you with the essential skills needed to secure stable employment in manufacturing.

To accommodate individuals from across Ontario, the training sessions are being offered virtually.

Module 1 - Lean 101

The term “Lean” refers to a production philosophy that focuses on minimizing waste while maximizing value for the customer.


Lean 101 is crucial in manufacturing because it introduces foundational principles and practices that can significantly improve efficiency, reduce waste, enhance productivity, and increase overall quality in manufacturing processes.


You will learn the principles and philosophy of Lean and how it applies to a manufacturing environment.


Course time commitment: 6 hours

Module 2 - Health & Safety Awareness/WHMIS

Gaining a good understanding of health & safety protocols and WHMIS regulations is important when working in manufacturing. This knowledge will set you apart from other applicants in the job market and impress potential employers.


You will be guided through:


  • Legal duties for health and safety of employers, supervisors, and workers
  • Common workplace hazards and protection
  • Health and safety rights of workers
  • The role of worker health and safety representatives and joint health and safety committees
  • The role of Ministry of Labour inspectors
  • Health and safety resources
  • Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) – chemical hazards, labels and safety data sheets

Course time commitment: 7 hours




Who can participate in this program?

Anyone in Ontario who is looking for a new career opportunity.

What is the cost to participate in this program?

There are absolutely no fees to participate in the Manufacturing Readiness Program.

Where are the courses taking place?

To make it easy for everyone all around Ontario, we’re running the training sessions online via Zoom.

What happens when I complete the courses?

Upon successfully completing the courses, you will receive a certificate of completion that you can share with employers and list on your resume. If interested, we can even directly share your resume with manufacturers in your area who are hiring.

Why is working in manufacturing a good career option?

The best of everything is made right here in Ontario, including cars, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, technology, food, clothing and more. In communities across the province, real people come together to create companies, make products, and reimagine the future.


Here are just a few words to describe working in the manufacturing sector: exciting, high-tech, hands on, impactful, inclusive, creative, rewarding, and high-paying. Entry-level positions in manufacturing, such as Assemblers, Machine Operators, and General Labourers, can have a starting salary of approx. $20 per hour.


Regardless of your specific talents and skillset, there is a place for you in manufacturing.


For any questions that aren’t addressed in the above, please email Nathalia.Maia@cme-mec.ca.



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