Drive Ability – Opening Doors Program
Drive Ability – Opening Doors Fuel Your Talent Pipeline
Funded by the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development (MLTSD), The Drive Ability program aims to address the skilled labour needs of automotive and advanced manufacturing employers in Ontario. This initiative is a collaborative partnership between seven post-secondary institutions (George Brown College, York University, Georgian College, Mohawk College, Fanshawe College, Conestoga College, and Sheridan College) that leverages broad expertise to address talent shortages and provide quality work integrated learning opportunities for students, apprentices, and new graduates.
Work placements are typically four-month terms, depending on the discipline, and begin in May, September, and January. The ministry requires the length of a placement to be at least 10 weeks and can last up to four months. Employers may be eligible for multiple work placements during the program lifecycle.
The following employers are eligible for the work placement incentive:
Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) in the auto sector.
Manufacturers in the automotive supply chain to OEMs. At least 50 per cent of the company’s total sales revenue must come from the automotive supply sector.
Advanced Manufacturers with a footprint in the auto sector. At least 30 per cent of their company’s total sales revenue must come from the automotive supply sector. Advanced manufacturing employers may fall under one or more of the following areas: production activities dependent on ICT (Information and Communications Technology), automation, computation, software, sensing, and data transfer networking (Internet of Things, or IoT) technology developers/suppliers.
Students – diploma, certificate and degree students – in any year of study and including graduate and international students.
Recent Graduates – individuals who completed their academic program of study (a minimum of a one-year program) at a publicly-assisted postsecondary institution within the previous eighteen months and currently have no full-time job/employment.
Apprentices – individuals who, at the beginning of their work placement under this program, have signed new Registered Training Agreement (RTAs). Pursuant to an RTA, the Apprentice will receive training in a trade required as part of an apprenticeship program in Ontario. The individual may have worked with the employer prior to starting the RTA, but not as an Apprentice.
$3,000 per eligible and completed work placement by an eligible participant (i.e. student, recent grad or apprentice).
$5,000 per eligible and completed work placement by an eligible participant with one or more disabilities.
Wage support from all sources (e.g. the employer, Co-op Education Tax Credit and Career Ready Fund’s Auto Stream) cannot exceed 100% of the wages paid to a participant.
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