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Regional Future Workforce Program Info Session
November 9, 2022 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
The Regional Future Workforce (RFW) Program is a pilot program through OVIN designed to encourage students of all ages, across all regions of Ontario, to pursue careers in the automotive and mobility sector.
The RFW program aims to bridge the gap between all types of students (kindergarten to post-secondary) and the automotive and mobility industry. This work will focus on reducing the stigma associated with skilled trades and automotive industry careers.
Recognizing the need for greater diversity within the sector, the Regional Future Workforce Program prioritizes engagement with students from equity-deserving and underrepresented groups with the aim to encourage these groups to participate in future opportunities within the automotive and mobility sector.
The program will also provide further insights about the gaps between industry and academia to then inform future initiatives that will equip the next generation of talent with the skills and knowledge required for the sector’s evolution.
The goals of OVIN’s Regional Future Workforce Program are:
- To increase exposure to automotive and mobility sector opportunities and learning programs among students across Ontario regions and grade levels (kindergarten to post-secondary)
- To increase the number of equity-deserving and underrepresented groups exploring careers, learning and development opportunities in the automotive and mobility sector
- To identify opportunities to build sustainable programs based on pilot programming
- To facilitate collaboration across Ontario between non-profit organizations, academic institutions, and the automotive and mobility industry to build a strong talent pipeline .
OVIN invites interested and qualified applicants to apply for up to $500,000 to develop and run initiatives as part of the Regional Future Workforce Program. Applicants are expected to create programs that engage a minimum of 500 students. These programs must be of no cost for the student to participate. Applicants must demonstrate experience in developing and implementing successful education programs for audience segments ranging from kindergarten to post-secondary.
Applicants can apply to create programs in 4 audience segments:
- Kindergarten to Grade 4
- Grade 5 to Grade 9
- Grade 10 to Grade 12
Applicants must apply for at least 2 audience segments under one program application. Note: program content must be unique for each audience segment served.
Please note that the maximum funding an applicant can receive is $500,000 CAD in total, regardless of how many audience segments their program serves.
Successful applicants will have until December 15, 2023, to complete their program.