Future Ready Premium Employer Program

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College-student-employer relationship redefined

We've joined forces with 16 leading employers in the Hamilton Region to create a new program designed to more actively engage industry and community partners in the training of job-ready college graduates.

Benefits to our partners and the broader community

  • Greater access to student and graduate talent
  • Customized industry training solutions
  • Preferred engagements with students and alumni
  • Early involvement in program development and design
  • Opportunities to contribute to specialized Mohawk-led community programs

Benefits to students and alumni

  • New learning modules to support career development throughout their program of study
  • Early exposure to significant employers in the region
  • New experiential learning and applied research opportunities;
  • Opportunities to explore company-specific jobs prior to graduation
  • Post-graduation job search advising and support

Featured Future Ready Premium Employer:
Schlegel Villages

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Community is at the heart of the care, service and support provided by Schlegel Villages, just as it is for Mohawk College. It is a common focus that has fostered a strong, multidimensional relationship. 

Established in 1953, Schlegel Villages, co-owns, manages and operates 19 long-term care and retirement communities across southern Ontario, including locations near college campuses in Hamilton, Burlington and Mississauga.

As a Mohawk College Future Ready Premium Employer, Schlegel clearly demonstrates its commitment to the education and training of job-ready, future-ready healthcare graduates, who will serve their residents and the greater community. The company is actively engaged in the support and training of students and employs graduates in challenging and rewarding careers, including Personal Support Workers, Recreation Therapists, Registered Practical Nurses and more.

Schlegel Villages makes the pathway from the classroom to the workforce as direct as possible for students, supporting nearly 75 student placements every year. Schlegel representatives are involved in college Program Advisory Committees, helping to shape the program of study and Schlegel is also an active participant in job fairs and open house events at the college. As a result, you can find Mohawk College alumni in all areas of healthcare service and administration at Schlegel Villages facilities.

In addition, Schlegel has created unique Living Classrooms at two of its locations: The Village of Wentworth Heights (Hamilton) and The Village at Tansley Woods (Burlington). These community campus sites include classrooms, computer labs, skills labs, faculty offices, a student lounge and a mock apartment that replicates those at the long-term care facilities. Students spend their entire program based at the residence, where they prepare for PSW careers specializing in geriatric care.

Demand for community care continues to increase and this Future Ready Premium Partnership will become even more important moving forward, as Mohawk College and Schlegel Villages pursue their commitment to the communities they serve.

  • 73 student placements last year
  • Academic partner with 2 representatives participating in Program Advisory Committees for programs
  • Active participant in job fairs and open house events

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grads who are employed at
Schlegel Villages

Hear from some of our Premium Employers about hiring Mohawk graduates and co-op students

Learn more about Mohawk's Future Ready Premium Employer Partners and how we have redefined the college-student-employer relationship.

Previously Featured
Future Ready Premium Employers

KF Aerospace

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For over half of its 26-year history, KF Aerospace’s partnership with Mohawk College has helped keep its corporate, commercial and military customers flying high. Mohawk Maintenance and Aviation Technician students and alumni — who benefit from experiential learning opportunities alongside KF’s certified tradespeople — are integral in KF’s provision of innovative aviation solutions. Today, over 25 Mohawk alumni actively contribute to KF’s continuing success.

KF’s $30-million expansion of its Hamilton facility recently strengthened our holistic relationship. Home to the Mohawk College Centre for Aviation Technology, the immersive space allows us to double our enrollment capacity, complementing KF Hamilton’s anticipated growth from 150 employees to 425 in the next four years.

Watch inspiring Mohawk grads who are employed at KF Aerospace

Walters Group Inc.

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For more than half a century, Walters Group and Mohawk College have both flourished and grown in the Hamilton Region. As a home-grown, family-owned company, Walters is deeply engaged in the community and is equally engaged with its community college.

Walters supports Mohawk students in their education through student training, co-op placements and apprenticeships. The company connects with students at campus industry events, advises on program development and provides scholarships. And Walters Group is keen to hire Mohawk College graduates.

Mohawk graduates can be found welding and fitting in the shops, designing projects in the office, managing projects for installations around the world and keeping materials moving through the system and to the customer.

With Mohawk alumni employed in all aspects of Walters Group operations and with Walters active at all levels of engagement at Mohawk, this successful partnership ensures the college, the company and the community can all grow together.

  • 14 Mohawk graduates currently employed
  • Strong supporter of co-operative education and Mohawk apprenticeships
  • Active research partner in applied research projects and a number of industry projects, as well as CityLab
  • Academic partner with participation in Mohawk’s Program Advisory Committee program
  • Partner in Mohawk College Enterprise and City School training programs
  • Supporter of student awards
     

Watch inspiring Mohawk grads who are employed at Walters Group

City of Hamilton

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Since its founding more than 50 years ago, Mohawk College has had a strong relationship with the City of Hamilton, sharing a common drive to support and strengthen the greater community.

Mohawk educates and trains students in all sectors and industries to serve, support, and build the infrastructure of our communities and the City of Hamilton puts hundreds of them to work for that purpose. 

Mohawk graduates can be found in all areas of the workforce at the City of Hamilton; from policing to social services, from Public Health to Public Housing. Throughout the City’s workforce, you can find Mohawk College graduates pursuing promising careers in biotechnologyenvironmental technicianarchitectural technologies, and in Early Childhood Education.

This strong relationship of collaboration also extends into areas of applied research, civic and industry projects and social development. City experts advise the College in areas of program development. College trainers help keep City employees up-to-date in their areas of work. In a genuine spirit of partnership, the City of Hamilton and Mohawk College work together to create a strong and prosperous workforce and community.

  • 500+ Mohawk graduates employed
  • 86 Co-op and student placements last year
  • Research partner in numerous applied research projects, industry projects, as well as CityLab
  • Academic partner with participation in 10 Program Advisory Committees
  • Partner in Mohawk College Enterprise and City School training programs
  • Supporter of student awards for nearly 30 years

 

Watch inspiring Mohawk grads who are employed at City of Hamilton

Thrive Group

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Thrive Group and Mohawk College share a common ambition to support the health and well being of the regional community. And we share a common goal to train and sustain a skilled workforce for tomorrow’s healthcare sector.

Mohawk graduates from allied health programs such as, Nursing, Practical Nursing, and Personal Support Worker, contribute to the Thrive Group’s success in providing a spectrum of integrated services to support and care for individuals to live as independently as possible.

Thrive Group handles the operation of four member healthcare organizations: AbleLiving Services, Capability Support Services, Idlewyld Manor and St. Peter’s Residence at Chedoke. As well as, administrative support for a dozen more. Well-trained and job-ready Mohawk College graduates are part of that success.

  • 100+ Mohawk graduates employed
  • Co-op and student placements every year
  • Academic partner with participation in Program Advisory Committees
  • Partner in Mohawk College Enterprise and City School training programs
  • Supporter of student success through annual scholarship

 

Watch inspiring Mohawk grads who are employed at Thrive Group

Gerrie Electric

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Gerrie Electric has strong ties with Mohawk College. We share a common goal to train and develop a skilled workforce for tomorrow.

Graduates from Electrical Engineering TechnologyMechanical Engineering TechnologyComputer Systems Technology – Software Development and Analytics for Business Decision Making can be found succeeding in all areas of Gerrie Electric operations from automation to customer support and robotics.

Gerrie Electric assembles its workforce to cover all areas of the electrical industry and Mohawk College ensures students are well trained and job ready.

  • 30+ Mohawk graduates employed
  • Co-op and student placements every year
  • Partner in applied research and industry projects
  • Academic partner with participation in Program Advisory Committees
  • Supporter of student success through annual scholarship

 

Watch inspiring Mohawk grads who are employed at Gerrie Electric

Hamilton Health Sciences

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Hamilton Health Sciences has a deep connection with Mohawk College. Together, we are focused on training our workforce of the future. With diverse opportunities in clinical and non-clinical settings, we support NursesPharmacy TechniciansPersonal Support WorkersBusiness Analysts, IT Professionals and a variety of other technical and administrative healthcare professionals succeed. We offer people the chance to train, work and live in Hamilton and be part of the transforming field of healthcare.

  • 350+ Mohawk graduates employed
  • Hundreds of co-op and student placements every year
  • Partner in applied research and industry projects
  • Academic partner with employees on multiple Program Advisory Committees
  • Contributor to advancement in health science studies

 

Learn more about the partnership between Hamilton Health Sciences and Mohawk College.

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L3Harris

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As Hamilton’s community college, Mohawk College’s mission is to build and qualify a skilled workforce that local companies rely on to be future ready. L3Harris Technologies, known worldwide for its WESCAM MXTM-Series electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) products and in-service support, has Mohawk College Alumni working in nearly every area of the company.

The journey began at the Westinghouse factory in Hamilton, Ontario in 1957, where WESCAM camera systems were developed for defence surveillance, funded by the Department of National Defence. 

The history of L3Harris is deeply rooted in the Hamilton community. This summer, the company will come full-circle back to Hamilton, a few blocks from L3Harris’ (previously WESCAM) office headquarters in the 1970s, where they will continue to service over 100 countries around the world.

Mohawk College, established in 1967, has had a similar road of growth and success, becoming one of the top colleges in Canada and attracting thousands of talented students from around the world.

Currently, there are over 150 Mohawk College-trained employees working in various departments at L3Harris. From electrical and mechanical engineering technicians to planning and support, including project management, marketing, operations and finance, Mohawk alumni can proudly say they are contributing to L3Harris’ ongoing success. 

The relationship between the company and the college extends beyond a labour-supply association. L3Harris co-operative opportunities and scholarships, such as the Canadian Industrial Leadership Award, provide exposure to projects and mentorship to satisfy academic requirements and develop leadership skills.  The company collaborated with Mohawk College Enterprise for employee training, and it supports the involvement of company leaders on program advisory committees to help shape the delivery of programs at Mohawk. L3Harris has also made generous contributions to Mohawk student success through equipment purchase, bursaries and scholarships.

As a Future Ready Premium Employer, the connections between L3Harris and Mohawk College are bound to become stronger moving forward, rooted in growth, success and a shared commitment to the Hamilton and surrounding communities.

L3Harris and Mohawk College fast facts:

  • 150 Mohawk graduates employed
  • 6 Co-op and student placements last year
  • Research partner in applied research projects
  • Academic partner with participation in Program Advisory Committees

 

Watch inspiring Mohawk grads who are employed at L3Harris

Lawrie Insurance Group

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The longstanding partnership between Mohawk College and the Lawrie Insurance Group puts a premium on education and student success.

From the moment Mohawk College Insurance students enter the McKeil School of Business, Media and Entertainment, Lawrie Insurance supports their academic journey. Students will learn in classrooms and meet in a lounge that bears the name of Dan Lawrie, founder of the company. They receive scholarships and bursaries funded by the company. And, often, they receive job and career opportunity offers, too.

Since its establishment as an independent broker in 1982, Lawrie Insurance Group Inc. has grown to become one of Canada’s leading, privately-owned, multi-disciplined insurance brokerage, specializing in commercial and personal insurance, employee benefits and group retirement solutions.

The company has over 100 dedicated professionals on staff and, as a testament to its confidence in Mohawk’s Insurance program, about half of the Lawrie Insurance Group employees are Mohawk College alumni, growing and developing rewarding careers within all departments of the firm including roles within the service and sales teams, underwriting, marketing, brokering and more.

This college-company relationship goes back more than 20 years. Notably, in 2007, Lawrie made a large donation to help fund the new Mohawk College Centre of Excellence in Insurance and Financial Services. A few years later, Lawrie and other insurance industry leaders contributed $600,000 to outfit the Bert Hares Boardroom and two classrooms, where Insurance students learn, collaborate and make presentations as they prepare for promising careers in Canada’s insurance industry. At that time, the Insurance Founders Lounge was also created, providing a space where students can gather and study.

The relationship extends beyond the classroom. Lawrie Insurance Group has been a generous funder of student scholarships and bursaries for students in the Insurance program, supporting them as they pursue their studies. A company representative also sits on the Program Advisory Committee, offering guidance and feedback to keep the courses current in a fast-changing field.

As a Future Ready Premium Employer, Lawrie Insurance Group is an active supporter of Mohawk College and the future-ready, job-ready graduates who will be the insurance industry leaders of tomorrow.

Lawrie Insurance Group and Mohawk College fast facts

  • 50 Mohawk graduates employed and career pathing

  • Academic partner with participation in Program Advisory Committees

  • Funder of an annual scholarship and a bursary recognizing employees Ann Marie Coombe, Steve Childs and Seldon Peacock for their deep and meaningful contributions towards the success of the Lawrie Insurance Group

  • A benefactor of Mohawk College’s the Mohawk College Centre of Excellence in Insurance and Financial Services and Insurance Founders Lounge

 

Watch inspiring Mohawk grads who are employed at Lawrie Insurance Group

Samuel, Son & Co.

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Nurtured by a common commitment to serve, support and strengthen communities, the partnership between Samuel, Son & Co. and Mohawk College has flourished for decades.

With over 165 years of growth and success, Samuel is the longest-running and largest family-owned processor, distributor and manufacturer of metal products in North America. The company’s footprint in Hamilton and the Golden Horseshoe is deep and well established and, for as long as Mohawk College has been training job-ready graduates, there have been college alumni contributing to Samuel’s success. 

Whether it is in production, procurement, management or administration; in the corporate offices, in manufacturing facilities or in high-tech labs, Mohawk-trained employees can be found in all areas of Samuel’s operations and business units. More than 30 graduates are employed with the company at present. Several more join the company in cooperative and experiential learning placements each year.

During the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, Samuel’s Burloak Technologies division partnered with Mohawk’s applied research division, IDEAWORKS, to rapidly respond to the national PPE crisis. This corporate-college connection allowed the company to nimbly shift to the production of face shields to be used by frontline medical and healthcare workers.

Samuel has a proud tradition of corporate social responsibility and community engagement, including the provision of an annual bursary for current Mohawk students facing financial challenges as they pursue their education.

The company’s community leadership has transitioned into the college boardroom, as well. Mohawk Alumni of Distinction Bill Chisholm, president & CEO of Samuel, Son & Co., until his retirement in 2019, has served on the Mohawk College Board of Governors for several years. His successful industry experience, deep commitment to the community and familiarity with the college has strengthened connections will all organizations involved. 

As a Future Ready Premium Employer, Samuel, Son & Co. continues to be an active supporter of Mohawk College and the future-ready, job-ready graduates, who will be the industry leaders – and community leaders – of tomorrow.

Samuel, Son & Co. and Mohawk College fast facts:

  • 30+ Mohawk graduates employed
  • 5 Co-op and student placements last year
  • Partner in Mohawk College Enterprise training programs
  • Funder of an annual bursary
  • College leadership, with a recently retired member on the Mohawk College Board of Governors
     

 

Watch inspiring Mohawk grads who are employed at Samuel, Son & Co

IBM

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The relationship between Mohawk College and IBM is strong, deep and multi-faceted. And both organizations are happy to promote the many benefits of this outstanding partnership.

IBM’s website includes news announcements, blogs, case studies and testimonials involving Mohawk. Likewise, the partnership has been celebrated at Mohawk in the college magazine, in Mohawk news articles, in sponsorship recognitions and in course offerings. IBM technology supports a number of college operations and Mohawk faculty have become some of the top Canadian specialists in IBM training programs.

At its core, the strong connection between Mohawk and IBM is based on common values. IBM’s stated aim is to improve business, society and the human condition; aspirations that are akin to the college’s commitment to students, employers and the greater community. It’s no wonder IBM is a Mohawk College Future Ready Premium Employer.

You will find Mohawk working with IBM to deliver the company’s internationally recognized PTECH global education model, offering students at Six Nations Polytechnic and in both Hamilton district school boards the opportunity to develop skills and competencies that will translate directly to competitive careers.

And you will find more than 100 Mohawk alumni working in the ranks of IBM’s global operations in a variety of roles; in business, technology, administration and community engagement. The company has also provided cooperative education placements for Mohawk students as they pursue their chosen fields and supports the Mohawk IDEAWORKS industrial internet of things (IoT) applied research area.  

IBM also supports Mohawk students and faculty through the IBM Skills Academy that offers seven industry-recognized micro-credentials. Recently, faculty members, Lisa Pegg and Steven Way, were among the first Canadians to be recognized by IBM with a co-creator badge recognizing their contributions to the program’s development and success.   

On the corporate side of the college, Mohawk worked with an IBM Business Partner to implement cybersecurity solutions to further protect the college’s technical infrastructures and data. And, in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, IBM offered Mohawk the use of its IBM Watson virtual assistant at no charge to help organizations answer students’ questions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As a Future Ready Premium Employer, IBM continues to establish innovative new connections with Mohawk College and its future-ready, job-ready students. As the story of this relationship continues to unfold, you can be sure IBM and Mohawk will gladly tell the news of their shared success.

IBM and Mohawk College fast facts:

  • 100+ Mohawk graduates employed
  • 3 Co-op and student placements last year
  • Historic donor and sponsor of Mohawk programs
  • Academic partner with six representatives participating in Mohawk’s Program Advisory Committee programs
  • Historic partner in MCE microcredential programs

 

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Stelco

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The partnership between Mohawk College and Stelco is deep and strong, forged from a common commitment to industry excellence and community prosperity.

For nearly 115 years, Stelco has consistently invested in its employees and facilities in an effort to deliver the next generation of products for its customers. And, since Mohawk first opened its doors more than 50 years ago, this important relationship has flourished. With a shared desire to educate and train a job-ready, future ready workforce for Hamilton’s industrial needs, the partnership has become richer and more interconnected over the years.  

Generations of Stelco employees have been trained at Mohawk College. Today, you can find more than 225 Mohawk alumni contributing to the company’s success in all areas of manufacturing, operations and administration. They are Industrial Electricians, Construction Journeypersons and Millwrights. They are Managers, Shift Foremen, and Network Engineers. In every facet of Stelco’s business, Mohawk College graduates are actively supporting the company’s strong performance. 

Naturally, Stelco is a Mohawk College Future Ready Premium Employer.

To support the education and training efforts of the college, Stelco regularly welcomes dozens of students for co-op and training placements. The company is an active participant in job fairs and open house events, and has representatives on three of Mohawk’s Program Advisory Committees to ensure that programs continue to address industry skills requirements.

As a promoter of life-long learning, Stelco also provides professional development training for its employees through Mohawk College Enterprises. Stelco has also been a strong supporter of Mohawk’s community-focused City School outreach programs, creating pathways to employment for marginalized populations.

Stelco is engaged with Mohawk’s applied research division, IDEAWORKS, on two ambitious projects. Company and college researchers collaborate to create innovative industry solutions to specific areas of the steelmaker’s processes.

In addition, Stelco has supported the college with gifts of equipment for training and bursaries for students and has been a key supporter of the Engineering Department’s annual Popsicle Stick Bridge Competition.

As the steel industry processes and technologies change, Mohawk College continues to work with Stelco to ensure its workforce needs are met by well-trained, futureready, job-ready Mohawk graduates.

It is an ironclad relationship that is sure to last the test of time.

Stelco and Mohawk College fast facts:

  • 225+ Mohawk graduates employed
  • 20 Co-op and 12 student placements last year
  • Industry partner in two applied research projects with IDEAWORKS
  • Partner in community-focused City School outreach programs
  • Historic donor and sponsor of Mohawk programs
  • Academic partner with six representatives participating in Program Advisory Committees for three programs
  • Active participant in job fairs and open house events
  • Historic partner in MCE micro-credential programs

 

Watch inspiring Mohawk grads who are employed at Stelco

 

St. Joseph’s Healthcare

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St. Joseph’s Healthcare System and Mohawk College are dedicated partners in the training and support of the healthcare workforce of the future.

For more than 125 years, St. Joseph’s Healthcare has attended to the health and wellness of people. And for 50 years, Mohawk College graduates have been part of that mission, pursuing challenging, fulfilling careers while providing exceptional care and compassion for the community.

As this region’s population grows and healthcare become more sophisticated, the relationship between these two institutions has become increasingly entwined. More than 160 Mohawk College alumni are currently employed by St. Joseph’s. You can find them across all areas of care, operations and administration; coming from the Nursing, Personal Support Worker, Radiology, Physical Therapy, Pharmacy Assistant, Human Resources and Computer Technology programs. As workforce needs evolve for the healthcare provider, the college adjusts its programs in response.

As a Mohawk College Future Ready Premium Partner, St. Joseph’s Healthcare ensures the pathway from education to employment is easy to travel. More than 600 students had placements and co-op opportunities with St. Joseph’s last year. Thirteen representatives of the healthcare provider are involved on nine different Program Advisory Committees. St. Joseph’s participates in job fairs and open house events at the college and has supported student awards.

The partners also share a common commitment to creating a more equitable and just society by offering additional support and care to vulnerable and marginalized populations in our communities.

With a shared commitment to care for the community, these partners will continue to work together to educate, employee and support an exceptional Future Ready healthcare workforce for generations to come.

  • 160+ Mohawk graduates employed
  • 5 Co-op and 605 student placements last year
  • Healthcare partner in applied research projects
  • Historic supporter of student awards programs
  • Academic partner with 13 representatives participating in Program Advisory Committees for 9 programs
  • Active participant in job fairs and open house events
  • Partner in professional development programs
  • Partner in City School collaboration projects

 

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