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How to fast track your career into the manufacturing sector and why you should do it

See if you qualify for Georgian College's RapidSkills program

The manufacturing sector is one of the fastest growing job markets in Ontario. With many employers in manufacturing desperate to find workers, there is a wealth of opportunities and it’s the perfect time to dive into the sector.

Jennifer Westra is an employment coach with Agilec’s office in Innisfil, and notes that Georgian College is accepting candidates for their RapidSkills program. These micro-certificates help those in the auto and manufacturing sectors beef up their skills so they can fast track the workforce.

Successful applicants receive free training and tuition for these micro-credential programs. It’s a quick way for workers to sharpen their skills in their given field, putting them on the path to a new career.

“If people are interested in that type of thing, they can come in and talk to an employment coach and review their career goals, get a referral, and discuss in more detail so they can make that decision,” Westra said.

Whether it’s industrial automation, hydraulics and pneumatics, fundamental shop skills, precision machining or robotics, there’s a wide range of training programs to put job seekers on the fast track into the manufacturing sector.

If you’re looking to apply for a job in the manufacturing field, why not learn if you’re eligible for Georgian College’s RapidSkills program? Connect with an Agilec job coach today about receiving a referral to the RapidSkills program.

Setting up or updating your LinkedIn profile

One popular resource job seekers can learn about positions in manufacturing, or any other industry, is through LinkedIn. While it may be typically a network for professionals, it never hurts to create a LinkedIn profile to showcase your skills and work experience for potential employers on the platform.

“Especially for professionals, that’s one of the first places they advertise job openings,” Westra said. Scouting LinkedIn is often a good starting point to see what jobs are out there, or what industries and sectors are rich with opportunities.

Sometimes on LinkedIn, you don’t even have to go looking for a job. The job may come to you if your profile indicates you’re seeking an opportunity in that sector, and you’re looking for work.

Recruiters will scour LinkedIn for their own potential candidates, and you’d be surprised what might turn up.

“If you’re in engineering or accounting fields and you’re searching and you see someone who’s looking for accounting opportunities, you’re going to go on their page. And if they have the skills and experience, you’re probably going to send them a quick message,” Westra said.

Another valuable tool on LinkedIn is LinkedIn Learning. Job seekers working with Agilec have free access to LinkedIn Learning. With close to 18,000 courses available online, there is no shortage of resources to hone your skills or add another tool to your job search tool belt.

If your LinkedIn profile could use a touch-up, or you need to build one from the ground up, set up an appointment with an Agilec job coach to get started. Find out more at