Magna to extend job offers to top-placing competitors at OTSC 2016

Monday March 21, 2016
Written by Manufacturing AUTOMATION
Mar. 21, 2016 - Magna International, the latest Gold Sponsor of the 2016 Ontario Technological Skills Competition (OTSC), has announced it will be extending job opportunity placements (subject to the hiring conditions attached to each operating unit) to the gold, silver, and bronze award winners in the Automation Control, Industrial Mechanic Millwright and Mechatronics contests, in addition to providing monetary awards.

Magna says the job offers will be for its body and chassis facilities throughout the province.

Now in its 27th year, the annual competition is scheduled to take place at RIM Park in Waterloo, Ont. According to Skills Ontario, the OTSC “has always been an event where competitors and students can network with future employers,” but this will be the first year that job offers will be included as part of the competition awards. Skills Ontario says it is “pleased to see” the incentive for top-performing competitors take the direction of actual job offers and opportunities, and hope to see similar rewards in other sectors and contests in the future.

“This opportunity speaks to the recognized quality of the young people who compete at the OTSC,” said Barry Harrison, Director of Competitions at Skills Ontario. “There is no better way to reward the most talented students in Ontario and we are pleased to see Magna recognize this incredible opportunity for both the students and the employer.”

The top-placing competitors in the Automation Control, Industrial Mechanic Millwright and Mechatronics contests will find out about their job offers with Magna at the OTSC closing ceremony on May 4, says Skills Ontario.

“The tremendous support for OTSC competitors that Magna International is offering sends a strong message to the corporate community that they believe creating a skilled and knowledgeable workforce in the skilled trades and technologies is imperative to the economic viability of Ontario,” noted the not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting the skilled trades and technologies.

David Worrall, vice-president of Global Human Resources for Magna’s body & chassis group of companies, said, “This partnership is a strategic step in our long-term plan to provide skilled trade experts for Canada and the rest of the world. The OTSC has a strong history of surfacing top talent which allows employers such as Magna to offer job placements to the best of the best. We are proud to support continuing Technical Education in Ontario and be a partner in this year’s competition.”

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