In the midst of chronic youth unemployment, many good manufacturing jobs go begging for a lack of skilled workers. The Industry-Education Council of Hamilton, in partnership with Mohawk College, several local manufacturers and the Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure, is offering a training program for 24 Hamilton youth, to be trained and employed in Hamilton’s manufacturing sector.

The third intake of ‘Entry Level Advantage to Employment – E.L.A.T.E.’ will train candidates, with a high school diploma 18 to 29 years of age, with a broad set of skills in the areas of: Welding, Fluid Power, Electrical, Machining, Health & Safety, Quality Concepts, Math & Communications.

‘This is an incredible opportunity for some youth to get a leg up and positively shape their future’, says Cesare DiDonato, Executive Director of the IEC.

For a fee of $250, program candidates receive a ten month intensive program and are equipped with an electronic notebook, personal safety equipment and a tool kit.

The IEC of Hamilton is now accepting applications for the E.L.A.T.E. program, which begins May 9th and runs until February 2017. Interviews are scheduled up to April 15th.

Graduates of the program will be job-ready and well equipped to enter the workforce, said DiDonato. It is the third year the program has been available. Those interested can visit the website to download the application form. Or for more information call 905-529-4483 ex 226 or email

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