Events aim to promote manufacturing opportunities for women


The City of Barrie and partners including Simcoe County, Simcoe Muskoka Workforce Development Board, Georgian College and North Simcoe Economic Development Corporation are hosting Women in Manufacturing events on November 22 in Midland and November 30 in Barrie.

The events will highlight the opportunities and career paths available in manufacturing, share experiences, celebrate local women already working in this industry, and encourage and inspire women to pursue manufacturing careers in Simcoe County. .

“Manufacturing is a key industry in and around Barrie. In general, women are underrepresented in this industry, which provides a great opportunity to grow the workforce in a highly skilled sector,” said Stephannie Schlichter, Director of Economic and Creative Development at the City of Barry. “Attracting more women to this industry is key to helping businesses grow. Events like this help shine a light on the diverse opportunities available and change perceptions about what working in the industry is really like.

“Attracting more women to manufacturing professions is not only essential to help companies grow and replace their aging workforce; it provides high-tech, highly-skilled careers for women,” said Nancy Huether, director of economic development and airport services for Simcoe County. “There is no better time than now to invest and provide pathways to success for women in manufacturing. This event will help our businesses and job seekers connect and continue to diversify this key sector.

The events will take place in two locations (Midland and Barrie) on different days. The Midland event will take place at the Midland Public Library (320 King St., Midland), on Tuesday, November 22. The Barrie event will take place at the Sandbox Center (24 Maple Ave., Barrie) on Wednesday, November 22. 30. Both events will take place from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Registration is required.

At each event, participants will be able to:

  • Discover the various roles available in the manufacturing industry;
  • Network and build new relationships;
  • Learn and listen to local women working in manufacturing;
  • Meet local manufacturing employers.

Women in Manufacturing events are part of the Skills Development Fund. The fund is a way to address skills development and labor shortages in the manufacturing sector by providing training opportunities at no cost to the participant. The Skills Development Fund is an Employment Ontario program funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.

“Our government is proud to invest in innovative projects that connect women to well-paying jobs in the manufacturing sector,” said Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development. “This program will help more women land rewarding careers to earn bigger paychecks for themselves and their families.

Also as part of the Skills Development Fund, the City of Barrie has partnered with Georgian College with support from Simcoe County to provide training under the RapidSkills program. The RapidSkills program provides industry-focused training to meet the needs of local manufacturers and develop workforce skills, at no cost to the participant.

Potential participants can register for the event either at



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