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NEWS | DEC 19 2018

"Working With My Hands To Create And Build Is Why I Love My Job."

Richard Santamaria had been working in the Tool & Die industry for years before he started teaching Centre for Skills Development’s Millwright & Machinist program, with over 23 years of experience under his belt.

“My father was a Tool & Die Maker. He ran his own shop and I worked with him, completing my apprenticeship with his training,” says Richard. “So from a young age I had a passion for creating custom tooling, and being able to make things.”

Tool & Die Makers are a class of machinists in the industrial sector who make jigs, fixtures, dies molds, machine tools, cutting tools, gauges and other tools used in the manufacturing processes.

“Working with my hands to create and build is why I love my job. I’ve always been excited to come to work every day, which is not something you always hear people say about their job,” says Richard. “I always wanted to pass this training on to young people as my father did for me, watching my students succeed and thrive after they receive their training is tremendous reward for me.”

The demand for Tool & Die Makers is ever growing, with the average worker making over $25 per hour, with higher earning potential for those with strong troubleshooting skills and industry experience (
salary info from the Department of Employment and Social Development Canada).

Richard knows with Centre for Skills Development’s Millwright & Machinist program, Tool & Die Maker is just one of many career opportunities his students can explore. Like many other careers in the sector, growth and retirements are expected to create new employment opportunities within the trade.

“This program puts an emphasis on key fundamental skills required to succeed in the workplace. With the employment placement at the end of the program, students have every opportunity to do well. This is an industry where you can make a good living, and if you enjoy working with your hands like me, will enjoy going to work every day.”

To learn more about Centre for Skills Development’s Millwright & Machinist program, visit:

NEWS | DEC 07 2018

Apprentice Search.Com Is Back – And Better Than Ever!

Welcome to the new! was launched 17 years ago as a way to address the skilled trades shortage in Ontario. Over the past 17 years, we’ve built a website and a service that helps connect apprentices and employers across the province. This year, we decided to rethink to make sure we were offering the best service possible. Since then, we’ve been busy updating our site and refreshing our look – and we’re excited to finally share it with the skilled trades’ world.

So, what’s new?

In addition to looking better than ever, the new has several features that will make the site even easier to use. They include:

  • Mobile responsiveness: Employers and job seekers can now access on any device – meaning they can search for jobs and candidates at their desk or on the go.
  • Job matching: Employers and job seekers will be matched with each other based on location and field of working, making job and applicant searching easier than ever.
  • Search management: Employers and job seekers can better manage their search - and their time - by saving candidates and jobs they’re interested in and returning to them at a later date.

We wouldn’t have been able to refresh this site without the support of our generous sponsors:

  • The W. Garfield Weston Foundation
  • The WB Family Foundation
  • Magna International
  • Mohawk College
  • OYAP
  • The Woodbridge Group
  • Arcelor Mittal Dofasco
  • The Centre for Skills Development
  • Conestoga College
  • Sheridan College

We’d like to extend a big THANK-YOU to all the partners who believe in what we do. This new site was only able to happen with their support.

What’s next?

This upgrade is just the next step in the evolution of! We have some exciting plans to continue to build the site, and we’re always interested in hearing from our users about what they want from You can always send your suggestions to

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