[VIDEO] Breaking the Mold: Manufacturing in Windsor-Essex

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Workforce WindsorEssex


Windsor, ON  - On Tuesday, April 30 at 1:30 p.m., students and community partners gathered at Herman Secondary School to be the first to view a new video looking at manufacturing in Windsor-Essex.

Highlighting the educational, training and employment opportunities for those seeking to enter the sector, Breaking the Mold: Manufacturing in Windsor-Essex was created by Workforce WindsorEssex and directed by local talent Sasha Jordan Appler of ApplerFilm, with the assistance of several employers and community partners.

Hosted on YouTube and aiming to be shared worldwide, the video showcases the emerging talent, unique training, depth of skill and on-going legacy that exists in the sector locally.

"Developing a video was necessary," said Veronica Samek, director of communications for WFWE.

"As technology changes and the world of work in manufacturing shifts with economic demand, we needed an up-to-date view of the opportunities locally and the evolving skills necessary for obtaining careers in manufacturing. This includes providing information to attract the next generation, preferably one that likes working with their hands with a high aptitude in math."

In the 10 minute video, viewers will learn about the dynamic diversification efforts local employers are making to remain competitive, including employers from Laval Tool & Mold, Platinum Tool Technologies and Reko International Group Inc.. The video also includes information on a new high school opportunity for those students looking for extracurricular activity and worldwide skills competition, offered by local technology accelerator WEtech Alliance and the emerging FIRST robotics program.

Training opportunities available through Valiant Machine & Tool's "Earn While You Learn" program, the Greater Essex County District School Board's Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program and St. Clair College's apprenticeship program are also featured. Video interviews include current students, educators, employers and employees.


"It's the passion, dedication, creativity and ambition of all of the students, apprentices, educators, employees and employers in Windsor-Essex that makes the manufacturing sector here world-renowned and the workforce within that sector world-class," said Tanya Antoniw, WFWE's director of project management and co-chair of the WE Prosper Available Skilled Trades Task Force.



The manufacturing sector in Windsor-Essex has recently experienced growth through an increased demand for their products and services. In order to remain competitive and innovative as a region, the employment opportunities and technology being used within the manufacturing sector needs to be showcased to our emerging workforce. In collaboration with the Greater Essex County School Board, Employment Ontario and local employers, WFWE has created a video showcasing the technology, innovation and employment opportunities available in the manufacturing sector.

 For more information, credits and resources visit: www.WorkforceWindsorEssex.com