London, Ontario, October 31, 2018 - Fanshawe College's Corporate Training Solutions
(CTS) is partnering with Festo Didactic to provide manufacturing related training
courses in Southwestern Ontario starting in 2019.
Fanshawe CTS and Festo Didactic kicked off their new partnership with a joint presentation
on Industry 4.0 at the Manufacturing Matters conference. Industry 4.0 places a high
value on clean technology, robotics and transforming traditional factories into
smart ones using the Internet of Things (IoT) and cloud computing.
"Festo Didactic is excited to work with Fanshawe College, Corporate Training Solutions
(CTS) and provide the opportunity for students to learn the skills and gain practical
experience that today's employers demand," says Greg James, regional sales manager,
Festo Didactic. "This partnership is a great example of industry and education working
together to support capacity development in the manufacturing sector."
Festo Didactic provides technical education solutions to government and educational
institutions and industrial companies. The company trains more than 42,000 participants
world-wide annually and has a long history of providing industry training courses
in the areas of pneumatics, hydraulics, mechatronics and manufacturing processes
Fanshawe CTS focuses on making clients better by specializing in industry-focused
training and services that equip employees with the knowledge, skills and expertise
needed to succeed in their day-to-day work, to advance in their careers and to build
organizational capacity. CTS determines and meets the needs of all sectors while
focusing specifically on supporting the expansion of advanced manufacturing and
Industry 4.0 technologies in the region.
The Fanshawe CTS/Festo Didactic partnership is focused on exploring potential training
and certification programs; sharing content and resources; a joint participation
in the local Specialized High Skills Major pilot program; and planning Industry
4.0 technical training.
"This mutually beneficial partnership aims to better support the manufacturing sector
with training courses in Advanced Manufacturing," says Bruce Smith, executive director,
Corporate Strategy and Business Development.
"CTS is very excited to be working with Festo Didactic to help bridge training gaps
in the manufacturing sector to support the future growth of industry within our
community," says Candace Miller, senior manager, Strategic Initiatives and Business
Fanshawe CTS and Festo plan to offer free webinars late this year to educate and
provide manufacturers with knowledge on how to build their capacity development
for Industry 4.0.