Training “Highly Qualified Personnel”:
MIDAS training opportunities include peer-to-peer equipment training and equipment/process/lab area courses designed for makers, employees, entrepreneurs and students. A formal Digital Fabrication curriculum is in the design phase.
What is it: MIDAS will be training individuals — employees, entrepreneurs and students — on the specialized equipment and sector trends.
This will include:
– course and peer-to-peer training to safely certify people to use the lab equipment;
– community education programs via Selkirk College for more advanced learning on equipment or processes;
– development of a Digital Fabrication Curriculum (2018) with Selkirk College.
Value: training locals to work in-demand expertise areas, providing entrepreneurs and employees with advanced skills to turn business dreams to reality; and defining our region as experts in advanced materials/metals and digital fabrication. This builds on our region’s current asset of metals, manufacturing and engineering expertise.
In the fall and winter of 2016/2017, 40 local companies operating in the local advanced manufacturing and fabrication, construction & industrial technical services, environmental and metallurgy sectors were contacted to assess specific in-demand training opportunities to be made available via MIDAS. Read the full report HERE. Future training needs were identified in the areas of business planning, job-specific technical training, and organisational health and safety. A two year training plan has been created and with successful partnerships and fundraising, will be implemented in September 2017. The current MIDAS training calendar can be found here.