MONTREAL, March 25, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - The Québec aerospace industry is one of the leading sectors of our economy and it continues to develop at a dynamic and sustained pace. To meet the industry's ongoing labour needs, CAMAQ (Comité sectoriel de main‐d'œuvre en aérospatiale au Québec); Aéro Montréal, Québec's aerospace cluster; the École nationale d'aérotechnique (ÉNA), affiliated with the Collège Édouard-Montpetit and the École des métiers de l'aérospatiale de Montréal (ÉMAM) of the Commission scolaire de Montréal invite all young people and adults who seek well-paying careers with promising futures to contact educational institutions and register for their preferred training programs.
"The industry has regained its pace, and Québec's aerospace businesses currently seek qualified workers for all manufacturing sub-sectors as well as aircraft maintenance," says Serge Tremblay, Executive Director of CAMAQ. Annual employment censuses published by CAMAQ - for manufacturing and the airline and aircraft maintenance industries - predict that 2,323 new positions for engineers, machinists, cabinet makers/furniture finishers, pilots and specialized technicians will be created in 2013. These are in addition to the approximately 2,900 jobs already forecast to meet an annual 5% turnover rate. These annual censuses cover the Québec aerospace industry in its entirety, some 360 businesses in all 17 administrative regions.
A partnership and new Web site to recruit students
Faced with these significant labour needs, ÉMAM and ÉNA have joined forces to publicize their specialized aerospace training programs. Today, they launch a joint promotional campaign, which includes creation of the Web site www.desemploisenaero.com. This is the first time that the two institutions, the first of which offers professional training while the second offers technical training, have collaborated so closely to promote their education programs. The initiative has received formal support from several businesses.
"Its national status and two annexes, one in Mirabel and one in Trois-Rivières, make ÉMAM a key partner in meeting labour needs in both Montréal and the regions. With its work-study facilities, which fully reproduce industry workplace conditions, including current industry safety standards and regulations, ÉMAM is the leading school of its kind in Canada. Our graduates are already in high demand among employers and we hope to admit more students," states Josée Péloquin, Director of ÉMAM.
Serge Brasset, Director General of Collège Édouard-Montpetit and Director of ÉNA, states: "ÉNA has offered college-level technical training for nearly 50 years with short-term programs for adults and three DEC programs. It is the largest aerotechnical training institute in North America and it maintains close ties with industry to ensure that it trains qualified workers who meet specific industry needs. Indeed, ÉNA graduates are highly sought-after by businesses."
"Aerospace is an industry of the future. Sales currently exceed $12 billion and have seen an average annual growth rate of 5.7% over the last 22 years. In addition, it provides over 42,000 quality jobs and has distinguished itself through leadership in research and development," states Suzanne Benoit, President of Aéro Montréal.
This recruitment initiative is made possible through a unique collaboration with CAMAQ. Numerous enterprises have also provided their support: Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Ltd., Bombardier Aeronautics, Canadian Helicopters, MSB Design and MSB Ressources globales, Pratt & Whitney Canada, Premier Aviation, Rolls-Royce Canada and Thales Canada.
CAMAQ, the Comité sectoriel de main‐d'œuvre en aérospatiale, is a non-profit organization which celebrates its 30th year of activity in 2013. Since its foundation, CAMAQ has sought to harmonize aerospace training programs with industry needs by fostering partnerships within Québec's aerospace industry and by supporting the industry in workforce adaptation and development efforts. CAMAQ funding is provided by Québec's Commission des partenaires du marché du travail. [Full results of both 2012-2014 manufacturing and aviation sector employment censuses are available on the CAMAQ Web site at www.camaq.org.]
About École nationale d'aérotechnique (ÉNA)
ÉNA offers short college-level training programs (AEC) as well as technical degree programs (DEC) in aircraft construction, aircraft maintenance and avionics. With facilities valued at $85 million that include 34 aircrafts housed in 5 hangars, it combines theoretical training with hands-on experience. ÉNA training programs, several of which provide access to Transport Canada licenses, enable graduates to either enter the job market directly or pursue studies in university engineering programs.
ÉMAM has trained qualified and specialized workers for the aerospace industry since 1994. Within its 9,755-square-metre facilities, equivalent to two football fields, ÉMAM offers 12 career programs. ÉMAM is one of ten CSDM schools offering professional training programs.
About Aéro Montréal
Aéro Montréal, Québec's aerospace cluster, is a strategic think tank that groups all the major decision makers in Québec's aerospace sector, including companies, educational and research institutions, associations and unions. Aéro Montréal's mission is to mobilize industry players around common goals and concerted actions to increase the cohesion and optimize competitiveness of Québec's aerospace cluster. It aims to foster the growth and expansion of the cluster so as to ensure that it may continue to create wealth for Montréal, Québec and Canada.
Image with caption: "Serge Tremblay, Executive Director of CAMAQ (comité sectoriel de main‐d'œuvre en aérospatiale au Québec); Josée Péloquin, Director of École des métiers de l'aérospatiale (ÉMAM) of the Commission scolaire de Montréal; Suzanne Benoit, President of Aéro Montréal, Quebec's aerospace cluster and Serge Brasset, Director General of Collège Édouard-Montpetit and Director of École nationale d'aérotechnique (ÉNA) answering questions from journalists in front of ÉMAM students. (in the back : Nathalie Roberge, communication advisor at CSDM) (CNW Group/CAMAQ)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130325_C8024_PHOTO_EN_24789.jpg
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