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TECHNICAL TRAINING GROUP provides local Overhead Crane Certification
Posted by Technical Training Group

Amidst all the doom and gloom stories in the manufacturing sector, it’s encouraging to see a group of manufacturers and educators pulling together to ensure the long-term success of the sector. That is the mission of the Technical Training Group (TTG) – a local collection of industry leaders that have been ensuring our local labour force is ideally suited to the needs of our local manufacturers.

Local leaders from TTG have been instrumental in operating FunTECH which brings local youth into the high-school on weekends to explore careers in trades with hands-on projects; the Skilled Trades Educational Partnership (STEP) which dedicates a week-long summer camp for youth to explore the trades; the Welder Apprenticeship Program which is a post secondary training delivery agent and the first of its kind in Ontario, the Electrical pre-apprentice prep program and more. “Manufacturing is clearly in a slowdown now, but, when it recovers we will quickly be back to talking about long-term skills shortages and the need to train more youth to meet skill demands from local industry. We want our communities to be the first ones ready for the next uptick in the economy.” says Kent Johnston, Chair of TTG, and Operations Manager for Clemmer Steelcraft in Stratford.

Mark Roth from Northwestern District Secondary School has been listening to local manufacturers skills needs and creating training, co-op placements and other initiatives to meet those needs for years. “When I heard there was a need for overhead crane training I jumped on the opportunity to partner with Walsh Brothers Welding.”

We have one of the highest concentrations of skilled manufacturing and construction companies in Ontario in our local communities, so it only makes sense to train people in our own backyard.” Says Perth County Economic Development Co-ordinator Bernia Wheaton. “The Technical Training Group is pioneering new and innovative local skills training that is unseen in other communities. Hopefully, TTG will be recognized as the model to emulate in other communities.” added Randy Mattice, Economic Development Officer for the City of Stratford.

The training will be held for two evenings (one in class at Northwestern and one on site at Walsh Brothers). If interested in this training or to register click here.

MEDIA are INVITED to call Mark Roth for more information at 519 275-7734, are encouraged to run the story in advance of the training and welcome to attend the training for photographs.