new and unique employment-readiness initiative, Connecting Aboriginals
to Manufacturing (CAM) aims at increasing the supply of skilled workers
needed across Manitoba’s manufacturing sector.
Manufacturers say they’re struggling to fill many entry-level positions
in Manitoba due to applicants’ low levels of Essential Skills. And over
the next 10 years it’s expected that 25% of all new workforce entrants
will be Aboriginal. CAM’s goal is to help connect the needs of these new
entrants to the needs of manufacturers by supporting Aboriginal
learners in acquiring the skills needed to better support their
employment goals in manufacturing.
CAM’s road to employment begins with a strong grounding in the nine
workplace Essential Skills, with a learner-focused strategy that begins
at intake and continues on through to retention strategies designed for
long-term success for both companies and Aboriginal communities.
Company benefits from the program can include learning how to
effectively prepare a workplace for diversity, for retention and for
long-term success. Individuals can enhance their Essential Skills levels
while also receiving training and experience in the many other skills
needed for success in gaining and maintaining successful employment.
CAM’s program includes on-site and off-site training and mentorships,
and facilitates strong partnerships between company and community from
the outset to ensure all stakeholders get the most out of this