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May 03, 2021
Welcome to Shifting Gears, a timely news source for manufacturers and industry professionals brought to you by
your Regional Manufacturing Partners Alliance.

We welcome feedback and referrals of important news and events relevant to our local manufacturing community.


Further Faster Program - Starting a new business or considering pivoting an existing business?  This intensive program will focus on the most important aspects of a business, making your business model effective, and efficient in the market.

1-week Pre-Employment Program - Skills@Work is connecting individuals/job seekers to opportunities with some of Simcoe County’s top manufacturers. We offer pre-employment programs in the key skills recommended by manufacturing companies for entry-level positions. Program(s) start monthly Enroll now!  

Simcoe County businesses are invited to Ask an Expert - This week's topic is "Emergency Preparedness and Business Continuity". Join and learn about insights on how to initiate a business continuity plan, as well as enhancing emergency preparedness among staff members

Simcoe County businesses are invited to Ask an Expert - This week's topic is "Businesses in Transition and How to Stay in Control". Join and learn about insights on staying in control after negative financial growth and business transition. 


The Industry 4.0 Automation Accelerator Program - This pilot project was launched to provide a responsive, industry-driven solution for regional manufacturers to identify and implement Industry 4.0 solutions. 

Industry 4.0, the Future of Work & Skills - Building Collective Resources for the Canadian Aerospace Industry. 

Oro Station Development very exciting for Georgian College Students - The park, on Line 7 in Oro-Medonte, will be a hub for automotive research. This project will bring learning opportunities for students from diverse programs. Read the full article. - 
Honda gearing up for mass production of the new 2022 Civic in Alliston - 



All jobs, one site! - Explore job postings, new career paths and more. 

FOCAL Initiative – The FOCAL initiative produces extensive data and research detailing labour market challenges within the Canadian automotive production sector. 

  • For highlights from the Kitchener-Waterloo-Barrie region see
  • You can also check the FOCAL Data Dashboard to further explore and visualize FOCAL forecast and regional data.

Georgian College’s Midland campus offering free pre-apprenticeship program this spring 

- Edited by Cecilia Doucette
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