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GM Canada Announces Plan to Retrain Workers

GM Canada will support Oshawa Assembly workers with the goal of helping impacted workers find good new jobs

Gary Grant By: Gary Grant November 30, 2018
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GM Canada will support Oshawa Assembly workers with the goal of helping impacted workers find good new jobs

In the wake of this week’s news that General Motors will be closing down the Oshawa Assembly plant at the end of 2019, the company has announced a plan to help workers find new employment.

New car dealers are always on the lookout for new technicians, so GM is working with local dealers to retrain line workers who are interested in becoming dealer techs.

“GM Canada will support Oshawa Assembly workers with the goal of helping impacted workers find good new jobs,” said GM Canada president and managing director, Travis Hester. “Our employees have great skills and our dealers have a significant need for auto technicians. Who better than our top-quality assembly workers to service customers’ vehicles at GM dealerships?”

Not everybody is cut out to be a tech, not to mention that there aren’t 2,300 open jobs, so GM is also planning to work with Durham College, the University of Ontario Institute of Technology and the provincial and federal governments to provide workers with other potential training and educational opportunities.

The union, Unifor will also be involved to help employees find new jobs within Durham Region.

GM does already have an apprenticeship program in place at a number of Ontario colleges, known as GM Automotive Service Education Program (ASEP), which will provide the framework for training.

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