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NGen launches advanced manufacturing careers website for students

To support the initiative, NGen is also launching a contest where young people can win a $10,000 bursary to apply towards their school of choice.

May 14, 2021   Canadian Plastics

Canada’s Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster, Next Generation Manufacturing Canada (NGen), has launched a new youth initiative that aims to help students identify potential career paths in advanced manufacturing.

The online hub is located at CareersoftheFuture.ca. Students, parents and teachers can visit the new website to access more information on the industry, as well as real-life examples of young people working in the sector.

“Young Canadians are called to action – to shape our future through innovation. Advanced manufacturing is working today to solve some of the world’s biggest challenges such as climate change, life threatening diseases, and food insecurity,” said Jayson Myers, CEO, NGen. “We are asking young people to envision a world that they can be proud of; to come forward and make that world a reality. Through advanced manufacturing, it is possible.”

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A recent survey conducted by NGen and Abacus Data showed that perceptions of young people and parents alike are badly outdated when it comes to advanced manufacturing. The findings show that most people believe that jobs in advanced manufacturing are repetitive, unsafe and unfulfilling, whereas young people are attracted to diverse and inclusive workplaces and to work that helps people and solve problems. Views change dramatically when made aware of the innovative technologies, modern workplaces, and fulfilling career opportunities that are the reality of advanced manufacturing.

To further help young Canadians along their quest for knowledge about advanced manufacturing, NGen will be launching a contest, Manufacturing the Future, on May 13 that will award 10 bursaries valued at Cdn$10,000 each. Canadian residents between the ages of 15-18 are asked to submit a 500-word essay, addressing the questions “What problem do you think advanced manufacturing could solve in the future? And, what role would you like to play in making it happen?” Whether interested in science, engineering, computers, virtual reality, robotics, design and creative arts, business, or administration, there is a role for everyone and all are encouraged to apply.

“Our aim is to guide and support the next generation of young Canadians as they pursue career aspirations in this field,” Myers said. “We are helping them step into the future. The exciting possibilities that exist in the world of advanced manufacturing are endless. The industry is full of in-demand careers that young people may not even be aware of. The technology is captivating, the innovations are unbelievable, and these are the jobs that will have a real impact on the world we live in.”

The Manufacturing the Future contest will run from May 13 to June 2. For full contest rules and more information on the program, visit careersofthefuture.ca.


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