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News   May 10, 2018   by Danielle Oswald

Skills Ontario and Magna partner up for skill development programs


Magna International has partnered with Skills Ontario to help support the Skills Ontario Competition and other programs that the company offers.

Magna will be giving Skills Ontario $125,000 in investment towards the 2018 Skills Ontario Competition, Skills Ontario Young Women’s Initiatives, and Skills Ontario Summer Camps. The investment will help accommodate students who want to participate in the different skill development programs.

The investment will add on to Skills Ontario investment of $100,000 in 2017 that supported experimental learning, skill development, and mentorship opportunities for over 3,000 youth across Ontario through Skills Ontario and Young Women’s Initiatives and Summer Camps.

Magna International will have a large presence at the 2018 Skills Ontario Competition by hosting an interactive exhibit for all in attendance, as well as offering jobs to medalists in the Automation and Control, Industrial Millwright Mechanic, and Mechatronics contests.

The past two winners of the mechatronics competition went on to compete at WorldSkills 2017 and won bronze. They are currently working for Magna International in the Exteriors groups, having received job offers as part of their medal placing at the Skills Ontario Competition.

The 2018 Skills Ontario Competition took place May 7-9 at the Toronto Congress Centre.

“Our goal is to deliver a skills solution that benefits our youth, our businesses, our economy, and the quality of life that we enjoy here in Ontario,” says Ian Howcroft, chief executive officer of Skills Ontario.

“Magna International is a true partner in helping us deliver skill development solutions to youth in Ontario and we are thrilled to be building on the momentum that their continued investment provides.”

“As North America’s leading mobility technology supplier and one of Canada’s largest employers, Magna is proud to sponsor the 2018 Skills Ontario Competition,” said Mike Sinnaeve, vice-president of operational improvement and quality for Magna International. “We fully support skilled trades development because it is vital for high-tech, high-growth industries within Canada and around the world.”


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  1. Ray Lavender says:

    The 2018 Skills Ontario Competition was an amazing event with over 2,300 competitors competing in almost 70 contests, covering 580,000 sq. ft. and witnessed by over 30,000 visitors during the two days of competition. Winners can go on to the Skills Canada National Competition in Edmonton, July 3rd-5th with the possibility to represent Canada in their trade at the 2019 World Skills Competition in Kazan, Russia!

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