Conestoga news

September 18, 2020 7:37 PM

Funding for regional training programs announced

During a visit to Conestoga’s Doon campus on September 18, Amy Fee, MPP for Kitchener South-Hespeler, and Mike Harris, MPP for Kitchener-Conestoga, announced a provincial investment of more than $3.8 million to support skills training for jobs in the local manufacturing and automotive sectors.
MPPs Amy Fee and Mike Harris announced an investment of more than $3.8 million in regional skills training programs during a visit to the Doon campus on September 18.

Conestoga is one of five funding recipients in Waterloo Region and will receive $260,000 for a pilot program designed to support workforce development in the automotive manufacturing and advanced manufacturing sectors. The new Manufacturing Quality: Statistical Analysis micro-credential will help unemployed and underemployed workers gain valuable skills recognized by manufacturing employers.

The 84-hour, fully online micro-credential provides targeted training in basic math and statistics, statistical analysis relevant to manufacturing quality, process capability and measurement systems. Graduates will gain the skills they need to be successful in quality assurance positions within manufacturing operations.

“We greatly appreciate the province’s investment to support residents and businesses in our community,” Conestoga President John Tibbits said. “Conestoga’s Manufacturing Quality micro-credential will provide opportunities for underemployed workers to advance in their careers and help laid-off workers gain skills that will allow them to return to the workforce and make positive contributions to the manufacturing sector across the province.” 

Conestoga is working with industry experts and local employers to ensure the program will provide graduates with the skills they need for success. The pilot micro-credential will be delivered at no cost to 30 eligible participants and will allow for online training, six hours per week, starting this October.

For more information about the Manufacturing Quality: Statistical Analysis micro-credential, contact Conestoga’s Corporate Training division.