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Structural Airframe Assembler Program - Overview

The Structural Airframe Assembler program is helping to tackle a skills shortage in the Ontario aerospace industry by connecting talented and hardworking youth with aerospace companies for much needed positions as Structural Airframe Assemblers. It opens youth up to a new career, while paying them to learn a new trade. Following an initial screening process, successful applicants enter a 20-week employment and training program – eight weeks of training shop instruction and practice and 12 weeks of shop floor, hands-on on-the-job learning on structural assemblies in their employer company.

Our goal is to have 150 young people hired, trained and certified as Structural Airframe Assemblers by March 2016.

This industry-led initiative is a different model for learning and training, providing an outcomes-based approach that offers tremendous benefits to companies. Rather than having to find good candidates on their own, employers can rely on the Ontario Manufacturing Learning Consortium (OMLC) to do the searching and screening for them. Initial results from similar programs have been very strong, producing results in an accelerated time frame, which is attracting the attention of more companies looking to address their own shortage of capable employees.