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MFG MONTH: 200 schools link to edufactor.org

CME, Edge Factor launch free subscriptions at Sandvik Coromant's centre of excellence.


October 22, 2015
by CANADIAN MANUFACTURERS & EXPORTERS

Explaining edufactor.org at Sandvick Coromant's Centre of Excellence in Mississauga, Ont. Photo: CME

Explaining edufactor.org at Sandvick Coromant’s Centre of Excellence in Mississauga, Ont.
Photo: CME

OTTAWA — Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME), as part of its Manufacturing Month (MFG MONTH) initiative, has forged partnerships to deliver 200 secondary and post-secondary schools with the vital tools they need to introduce careers in manufacturing.

The launch of the subscriptions was hosted at Sandvik Coromant’s Mississauga centre of excellence Oct. 8 with more than 60 students in attendance and Ontario’s Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Employment Marie-France Lalonde.

Together with software provider In-House Solutions and new media production company Edge Factor, CME has identified 200 schools that will receive complimentary subscriptions to the Canadian manufacturing education platform eduFACTOR.org, as well as 10 complimentary seats of Mastercam software for each school.

All were in attendance as the students were introduced to 3D printing, robotics and tooling machinery, many for the first time.

“Canada’s manufacturing sector will need nearly 400,000 skilled workers by 2020 and to date, industry has had a difficult time convincing the next generation that a career in manufacturing is highly valued, highly paid and highly skilled,” said Jayson Myers, CME’s president and CEO. “By partnering with Edge Factor and In-House Solutions, we are bringing the tools and the stories necessary to help those responsible for guiding career choices identify the rewarding opportunities a manufacturing career provide.”

A presentation from Edge Factor mastermind Jeremy Bout kicked off the day as students were introduced to the stories that the Edge Factor production team has leveraged into an educational resource platform.

Following the presentation, students were led through the interactive displays to see demonstrations by both In-House and Sandvik staff.

For more information on the Edge Factor platform and CME’s 200 schools initiative, contact Brad Fougere at (613) 447-0039.

The idea behind MFG MONTH is to welcome students, teachers, parents, job seekers and other local community members at events that showcase modern manufacturing technology and career opportunities.

Not sure how to put an event together? CME and its MFG DAY partner associations have put together easy to follow kits and resources to help you stage open houses.

CME has a toolkit that breaks down all the steps involved for a successful event, and check out www.mfgday.com for resources.

Also register at edufactor.org (which combines storytelling and educational resources highlighting in-demand careers in manufacturing) to access the ROCK MFG DAY (MONTH) Kit.

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