Autism and Advanced Manufacturing

The Autism and Advanced Manufacturing Project

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.

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, CNC Programmer and CNC machinists.

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:


  • Good with repetitive aspects of work
  • Desire to deliver high quality service
  • Problem solving skills
  • Interpersonal skills: able to work on a team
  • higher levels of productivity on the job
  • job commitment
  • higher levels of education
  • attention to detail


We’re offering free information sessions:

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.


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.

Interested in participating? We'd love to hear from you!

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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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