Neurodiversity and Advanced Manufacturing
The Neurodiversity and Advanced Manufacturing Project
Through a partnership with the Work Based Learning Consortium and a grant from Employment Ontario, we completed a one year project exploring career opportunities for the autism community within the advanced manufacturing sector.
There is an 85% unemployment rate for the members of the autism community who are willing and able to work. While the stereotypical roles for autistic individuals includes IT roles and data entry, we believe the advanced manufacturing sector (AMS) could benefit from accessing this talent pool. The employment gap in the AMS has been growing for the past 20 or more years for many reasons but this doesn’t change the fact that businesses need many roles to keep running. For the purpose of this project, we’re focusing on Mold Maintenance Technicians, CNC operators, CNC Programmer and CNC machinists.
Why focus on the autism community to solve this problem? Many members of the ASD community possess certain characteristics which would make them prime candidates for roles in advanced manufacturing such as:
- Good with repetitive aspects of work
- Desire to deliver high quality service
- Problem solving skills
- Interpersonal skills: able to work on a team
- higher levels of productivity on the job
- job commitment
- higher levels of education
- attention to detail
What did we learn?
59 Intake forms completed for advanced manufacturing companies across Halton Region.
42 companies participating in various parts of the project.
352 open jobs in CNC and Mold Maintenance