The Ontario Vehicle Innovation Network (OVIN) has issued a call for expressions of interest under its Regional Future Workforce Program (RFW). The purpose of the RFW pilot program is to encourage students of all ages, from all regions of Ontario, to pursue careers in the automotive and mobility sector.
The specific goals of the program are as follows:
- To increase exposure to automotive and mobility sector opportunities and learning programs among students across Ontario regions and grade levels (kindergarten to post-secondary)
- To increase the number of equity-deserving and underrepresented groups exploring careers, learning and development opportunities in the automotive and mobility sector
- To identify opportunities to build sustainable programs based on pilot programming
- To facilitate collaboration across Ontario between non-profit organizations, academic institutions, and the automotive and mobility industry to build a strong talent pipeline
Applicants to this program can apply for up to $500,000 to develop and run initiatives as part of the RFW Program. Applicants are expected to create programs that engage a minimum of at least 500 students. The engagement programs must be of no cost for the student to participate. As well, applicants must demonstrate experience in developing and also implementing education programs for audiences ranging from kindergarten to post-secondary.
Although postsecondary institutions can submit more than one application to this program, the maximum funding an applicant can receive is $500,000 in total, regardless of how many audience segments their program will serve. It is recommended that an institution submits one coordinated application. Therefore, if an applicant is interested in this program, they are asked to submit to Andrew Hacquoil, Research Facilitator, Institutional Programs (firstname.lastname@example.org), the information required for an RFW expression of interest by 10:00 AM on November 25 (please do not submit the expression of interest to OVIN, but please provide answers to the questions on the EOI).
If more than one EOI is received then an internal committee will determine which EOI is submitted to the OVIN program by November 30.
For more information about this program, please click here.