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Autism and Advanced Manufacturing

Autism and Advanced Manufacturing Free Pilot Program for Employers

Do you finding it challenging to keep your staffing levels high enough?

Does this affect your company’s productivity?

Have you considered hiring from the autism talent pool?

In partnership with the Work Based Learning Consortium, we’re exploring interest from the advanced manufacturing community to hire from the autism talent pool. Why? Because we believe the autism community talent pool could be a great solution to the talent gap in advanced manufacturing!


Did you know?

There are currently: 

1,029 businesses in the manufacturing sector in Halton Region
36,690  jobs in the manufacturing sector in Halton Region
1,564 businesses opened across Halton between 2018 – 2019 demonstrating a strong   attraction for doing business in the Region
2.9% increase in businesses across Halton from 2015 – 2019
15.2% of Halton’s job force is employed in manufacturing

“Addressing the skills gap in manufacturing is a perennial topic at industry trade fairs and conferences. Whether
it’s the cohort of retiring workers, the challenge of attracting young people, or the increasingly automated production line that affects the types of roles available, there has been a lot of talk about the future of the workforce. But what are we really doing about it?


This article originally appeared in the June 2019 issue of Manufacturing AUTOMATION.

It is estimated that there are over 6,000 individuals with autism in Halton Region. Currently, there is almost zero involvement between the autistic community and advanced manufacturing for the purposes of selection and training.

Our primary focus is to  use a well planned process consisting of proven concepts from WBLC’s screening and selection process in conjunction with Spero Careers expertise in working with the autistic community. Combining the expertise and experience of these two organizations will help to demonstrate the strong business case for hiring from the autistic talent pool.

Meet Titan and Tyson Gilroy. A father and son team who are showing the world what autistic individuals can accomplish in advanced manufacturing.

Organizations across North America are recognizing the value of the autism talent pool. Stereotypes are being turned in to myths when autistic individuals are given the opportunity to connect their interests and talents to the right job.

Meet Jeff Gebhardt and Ed Loften who fill very different roles at Ford and Shawn Bohlsen, an autistic Canadian who works as a valued member of the Cybersecurity team at CIBC.

Sometimes, all it takes to find the right employee is being willing to embrace a different interview and skills process. We’re helping with that through the use of two different assessments which help identify key skills and personality traits for success in advanced manufacturing.

We’re working to help you improve your workforce through this project. The project includes:

Opening Discussion

A brief interview to discuss your employment goals, equity, diversity and inclusion policies and autism awareness. These discussions will inform the creation of the information sessions so your feedback is very important.

Information Sessions

Do you have questions about autism? Have we got answers for you! This is an opportunity to learn about the autism talent pool, the value they can provide to your organization and what supports are in place to create success for everyone involved.

Roundtables and Debrief Sessions

Your opinion and experience is the most important thing about this project. Why? Just because we think the autism community is a good fit for roles in advanced manufacturing doesn’t mean we’re right! It’s up to you to tell us what you think so we can help you and hopefully hundreds more autistic Canadians end up in good jobs.

Networking Event

The culmination of this program is job fair where participants and employers get to meet. The goal of this networking event is more of a face to face informational interview and to increase understanding of future opportunities.

The information sessions will consist of a 20 minute presentation about the program and some basic information about working with the autistic community. We will then be leaving the floor open for 30 minutes of Q&A.

1: Autism and Advanced Manufacturing Pilot Program for Employers

Tuesday, October 5, 2021


2: Autism and Advanced Manufacturing Pilot Program for Employers

Friday, October 8, 2021


3: Autism and Advanced Manufacturing Pilot Program for Employers

Tuesday, October 12, 2021


4: Autism and Advanced Manufacturing Pilot Program for Employers

Tuesday, October 12, 2021


5: Autism and Advanced Manufacturing Pilot Program for Employers

Thursday, October 21, 2021


Here are some of the jobs we’ll be focusing on:

We’ll be creating a training specific to the Halton Region advanced manufacturing needs. Your input is critical so we train the right employees for the jobs you need to fill!

Learn about the benefits of the work based learning competency program and how the autism community can help solve the growing employment gap within the advanced manufacturing sector. Currently at 45%, it’s expected to get worse in the next 5 years. Get ahead of the problem and keep your workforce strong!

Get in touch!

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Funding provided by the Government of Canada through the Canada Job Grant
Programs delivered by the Government of Ontario is in partnership with the Work Based Learning Consortium.

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