Autism and Advanced Manufacturing

Interested in learning more about how autism and advanced manufacturing fit together?

Through a partnership with the Work Based Learning Consortium and a grant from Employment Ontario, we’re building opportunities for the autism community to find jobs within the advanced manufacturing sector.

This free program is currently being offered to business and autistic residents of Halton Region.

The Autism and Advanced Manufacturing Partnership

There is an 85% unemployment rate for the members of the autism community who are willing and able to work. While the stereotypical roles for autistic individuals includes IT roles and data entry, we believe the advanced manufacturing sector (AMS) could benefit from accessing this talent pool. The employment gap in the AMS has been growing for the past 20 or more years for many reasons but this doesn’t change the fact that businesses need many roles to keep running.  For the purpose of this project, we’re focusing on Mold Maintenance Technicians, CNC operators and CNC machinists. Is that all? No! We’ve got one more role but that will depend on you! 

Why focus on the autism community to solve this problem? Many members of the ASD community possess certain characteristics which would make them prime candidates for roles in advanced manufacturing such as:

 

  • higher levels of productivity on the job
  • job commitment
  • higher levels of education
  • attention to detail

 

  • Good with repetitive aspects of work
  • Desire to deliver high quality service
  • Problem solving skills
  • Interpersonal skills: able to work on a team
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We’re offering these free information sessions:

This session is for autistic individuals and employment service providers

 

Working in Advanced Manufacturing

This overview session outlines the ASD AdMan pilot project, activities which will be happening, the value of participating and some possible outcomes.

This session is for advanced manufacturing employers in Halton Region

Gaining employees from the Autism Talent Pool

This overview session outlines the ASD AdMan pilot project, activities which will be happening, the value of participating and some possible outcomes.

This overview session is for autistic individuals who complete the information session 

Overviews of roles in advanced manufacturing

Once a participant has completed the assessments and information session, they’ll be able to join our overviews of 4 roles within advanced manufacturing.

ASD Candidates and Service Providers

If you’re a job seeker or an autism employment specialist and interested in our pilot program, click the button below to go to your information page and register for a free information session.

Employers

If you’re an employer interested in participating, click the button below to go to your information page and register for a free information session.

Meet Titan and Tyson Gilroy. Learn about their journey as Tyson becomes a successful CNC Operator. Did we mention that Tyson happens to be autistic?

One of our goals is to connect with advanced manufacturing companies and determine the most needed role to be filled. Once this is done, we’ll be developing an information program specifically for that role. That’s why it’s so important for you to join the conversation. We can’t help solve the problem without you as part of the solution!

Do you have questions? Please 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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