About the RapidSkills program
The RapidSkills program aims to prepare underutilized and underemployed workers, workers at risk of job loss, and unemployed individuals for longevity in the automotive and advanced manufacturing sectors, while providing employers with highly skilled and agile workers. The RapidSkills program tuition and training costs are free for eligible participants and employers.
The program consists of four microcredentials which are short-term, competency-based, industry-recognized certifications. Participants will also become certified in industrial training such as Working at Heights, Forklift Operator, and Electrical Safety, and may receive employability skills training, increasing their value in the labour market.
Dates and delivery
Start date: September 2020
Delivery: Part-time, online and in-person
Location: Barrie Campus
RapidSkills microcredentials for the automotive and advanced manufacturing sector
Each microcredential comprises two to four modules based on sectoral-focused feedback from regional stakeholders and employers. Microcredentials are designed to upskill workers in a part-time format. Digital badges will be awarded for the completion of each microcredential module and for completion of the entire RapidSkills program.
Explore the fundamentals of modern automation. This 3-module, 96-hour microcredential will prepare participants for careers in manufacturing and industrial maintenance, automation technicians, PLC programming, and machine building and integration. Employees working as manufacturing supervisors and lead hands will also benefit from training in automation technology.
Explore fluid power components and circuits. This 2-module, 60-hour microcredential will prepare participants for careers in industrial and manufacturing maintenance, automation building and troubleshooting, mobile equipment troubleshooting and repair, construction equipment troubleshooting and repair, and entry-level fluid power specialist.
Manufacture components using engineering drawings and traditional industrial machines and learn basic CNC procedure and operation. This 4-module, 130-hour microcredential will prepare participants for careers in CNC (operator, machinist, programmer, or set up technician), and as a material handler, conventional Mill and Lathe machine operator, general machinist, tool and die maker, and mould maker.
Explore industrial robotic motion, control and troubleshooting. This 3-module, 96-hour microcredential will prepare participants for careers in robot programming, machine-building and integration, manufacturing maintenance, and automation technician.
How the program works
Registration for the RapidSkills program — including individual microcredentials — is open to employers who would like to retrain or upskill their workers. Registration is also open to individuals referred to the program by an Employment Ontario service provider or by their current employer. Interested individuals may also self-identify by contacting us.
The RapidSkills program will cover the cost of tuition and other training costs for eligible employers and participants.
Program candidates are individuals who:
- have been laid off due to labour market disruption
- are at high risk of being laid off due to market disruption
- are underutilized workers (includes individuals that are unemployed, underemployed, waiting for employment or discouraged workers)
- Employer referral: Your employer can refer you to participate in the program.
- Employment Ontario referral: If you are unemployed, Employment Ontario must refer you to participate in the program.
- Self-identification: You can self-identify to participate in the program by contacting RapidSkills staff. We will help facilitate the process in partnership with your employer or Employment Ontario.
- Eligibility requirements: All individuals will go through an intake process to ensure eligibility requirements have been met, including testing to gauge knowledge levels in the training areas.
- Orientation: Once accepted into the program, participants will go through a brief orientation.
Ontario auto workers are among the most productive anywhere, with the province’s assembly plants excelling in industry awards for new vehicle quality manufacturing. The RapidSkills microcredentials pilot takes a smart, nimble and collaborative approach to meeting the evolving training requirements of a fast-changing industry.
– Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade
I want to be an employer partner
If you’re an employer in the auto or advanced manufacturing sector and want to participate, you may refer eligible employees for participation, per the criteria above. Employees can take part in the training free of charge while continuing to work.
If you’re an employer and want to hire a participant, you may register with RapidSkills staff to become an employer of choice. This will provide you with access to employees who graduate from the program with the most up-to-date, in-demand, sectoral-focused skills. RapidSkills and Employment Ontario staff will work collaboratively to ensure each participant completes the program in full and that employers have access to any additional programming.
I want to be a participant
Individuals may self-identify for the program and obtain a referral through either Employment Ontario or their current employer, per the criteria above. Participants will be referred to RapidSkills staff, go through an intake process to ensure eligibility requirements have been met, receive testing to gauge knowledge levels in the training areas, and partake in a program orientation.
If a participant believes they have acquired competencies gained in a microcredential module through education and/or work, they may request skill testing to challenge for completion of that module (and receipt of the applicable digital badge). Once a participant has completed each module and/or received all digital badges associated with the microcredential, they will be granted the full microcredential.
Upon completion of a microcredential, a participant may be eligible for credit transfers into select Georgian College programs.
Participants may be required to participate in industrial certification and/or employability skills training. This will provide certifications including, but not limited to, Working at Heights, Forklift Training and Electrical Safety.
Faculty, Industrial Automation and Robotics
Adam has over 20 years of experience working with robotics and automation. Through occupying various roles such as a new build integrator in advanced manufacturing and now as a college professor and corporate trainer, Adam brings a wealth of knowledge and diverse experience. He enjoys working with students and industrial partners to help meet their learning needs and provide companies the opportunity to keep pace with the ever-changing technology landscape.
Faculty, Precision Machining
Brent Belford has taught at Georgian for 17 years. He is also the academic technologist for the Precision Skills program. He has been a licensed mechanic for over 25 years where he worked largely on performance and custom builds. Brent’s machining skills were used for the manufacturing of performance and racing parts. He’s still involved with racing.
Faculty, Precision Machining
Gary Harris has been a full-time teacher with Georgian for 18 years. He is a mould maker by trade and has travelled the world teaching and sharing his passion for design and manufacturing. Gary developed the precision machining microcredential in response to the needs of the local automotive and advanced manufacturing sectors.
Faculty, Hydraulics and Pneumatics
Phil LeBoeuf has worked in the skilled trades field since 1977. A licensed industrial millwright, Phil has worked in various manufacturing industries specializing in machine building, plant maintenance and repair, fluid power maintenance and mobile equipment building and maintenance. Phil joined Georgian in 2003 and has become one of the foremost expert skilled trades trainers, having instructed numerous topics related to the trades and workplace safety. His expertise is requested across the province on a number of ministry-regulated initiatives and mandatory training requirements.
Our team is always available for questions related to corporate training including group rates, custom programming and how to best utilize Georgian resources.
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