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Update: As of March 11th, 2024, the Future Ready program has successfully deployed all available funding and is no longer accepting applicants. Thank you to all manufacturers who participated. Sign up for NGen’s newsletter to stay informed on all future funding initiatives for manufacturers.

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We’ve heard from manufacturers across the country and with the new Future Ready program, training is now simpler and more flexible for your team. The program equips Canadian manufacturers with the tools and funding to maximize automation, train existing workers, and bring new workers into Canada’s manufacturing workforce.

After completing the first one-hour online training module and a skills-assessment, manufacturers can qualify to receive government funding, covering up to 80% of the cost for specialized employee training programs of their choice, up to a maximum of $8,000 per company.

Not sure if your team qualifies? Learn more about the Future Ready program and speak with one of our training and upskilling experts at NGen.

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Who Participates?

Leadership Team

At least one leadership team member must complete the Workforce 4.0 course online and the self-assessment (approx. 1 hour of time) to qualify for funding.

Your Workforce

Identify members of your workforce to participate in the training programs, chosen by you and your team.


"One of the very best training programs that I have been exposed to, ever! It was well paced, insightful, instructive and dynamic with solid interaction orchestrated by the NGen team (Stewart, Christie and Dr. Dan). I would highly recommend the program be expanded and made widely available to manufacturing teams across Canada."

Bob Harper

CFO and COO, Kinitics Automation Limited


"The TLP was one of the very best. Through a series of training modules involving theoretical sessions, coupled with assessment exercises and discussions, this journey allowed the executive team to develop a balanced approach to organizational transformation and assisted our team in creating action plans to make our team better.”

Michael Holleran

General Manager & VP Sales Support CANAM


"This is a fast-paced program that allows us to think about our customers. It allows us to really follow-up with internal collaborations.”

Rod Woods

Director, Product Definition and Quality, MHICA


"This program provides great clarity. The SAT’s provide alignment reinforcement.”

Murray McMichael

Sr. Mgr. Supply Chain, MHICA


"The presentations and technical foundation are solid. They are very helpful."

Mathivanan Muhilan

Operations Manager, Cyclone

How Can We Help You?

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. What’s new with the program?

We heard from you that you were interested in the Future Ready program, but there were some barriers, so we’ve made changes.  This new on-demand, self-paced version of the Future Ready program allows your organization to access the course materials at no charge. Future Ready will facilitate access to federal grants which manufacturers can use towards employee training programs of their choice. 

2. How much does it cost?

This new on-demand, self-paced version of the Future Ready program allows your organization to access the course materials at no charge. The previous version was live and led by facilitators. This is the first time the program has become fully accessible online and self-guided to make it easier for manufacturers to participate. Future Ready is funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Sectoral Workforce Solutions Program.   

3. What type of training or upskilling should my organization expect?

Manufacturers can choose which employee training programs they can use the funding towards. Examples include: 

  • Industrial Biotechnology & Industrial Fermentation
  • Introduction to DOE
  • EMC Six Sigma Course
  • Roll-to-Roll Vacuum Deposition onto Substrates
  • Drafting & CAD Technician
  • Introduction to Tool Making
  • Quality Assurance
  • CNC Lathe Production
  • CNC Machining Centre Production
  • Mechatronics & Industrial Automation
  • Composite Manufacturing & Repair

4. Why should my organization participate in the Future Ready Program?

84% of all digital transformation projects undertaken by Fortune 500 manufacturers fail. Studies have shown that organizational misalignment is one of the key reasons business transformation initiatives fail. 

The need for transformation is clear, but over half of Canadian suppliers fall short of achieving desired business goals when they invest in transformation.

Future Ready is a strategic leadership exercise and employee training program designed to help manufacturers overcome barriers to transformation by supporting with employee training opportunities. The program will facilitate access to federal grants which manufacturers can use towards employee training programs of their choice. Grants will cover 80% of the cost of employee training programs.

Manufacturers can choose which training programs employees participate in, based on their company’s unique needs. Upon completion of the training, NGen will reimburse the expense.

5. What type of leadership training from NGen will I have access to?

While you only have to complete one online module and skills assessment to qualify for grants, through the Future Ready program manufacturers will have access to a range of courses which address different organizational pain points. These course materials address common challenges experienced by manufacturers across the country. Download the digital brochure to learn which courses you can take.  Please see PDF attached.

6. How do I access NGen’s federally funded training?

  • It starts by registering online. If you would like to learn more first, you can book an information meeting.

  • An NGen training liaison will be in touch to discuss your company’s training needs. 

  • Once enrolled, at least one leadership team member must complete the Workforce 4.0 course online and the self-assessment (approx. 1 hour of time) to qualify for funding. 

  • Based on the findings revealed from Workforce 4.0 and the self-assessment, identify employees and appropriate training programs to address your company’s needs. 
  • Employees take two short assessments (less than 30-mins each).

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7. Who is the Future Ready program designed for?

  • Future Ready invites participation from small-, mid-, and large-sized manufacturers from diverse industries across Canada.
  • The first phase is intended for members of extended leadership teams: (The online Workforce 4.0 module and self-assessment).
  • The second phase is designed for workforce members selected for upskilling and training.

Land Acknowledgement/Reconnaissance des territoires:

NGen’ is located on the traditional territories of many First Nations, including the Erie, Neutral, Huron-Wendat, Haudenosaunee, and Mississaugas, known today as the city of Hamilton. We at NGen recognize the presence of our staff across Canada, and our work with manufacturers nationwide. Read our full Land Acknowledgement. 

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion/Equité, diversité et inclusion:

The Future Ready Project recognizes and prioritizes Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) as a fundamental framework for creating a future that is fair, welcoming, and inclusive to people of all genders, races, sexual orientations, gender expressions, faiths, and socio-economic statuses. To improve our EDI approaches, we collaborate with other organizations to adopt best practices and adapt to evolving times and demographics. Although we have a lot of work to do, we are taking an important step forward by making EDI a part of our daily practices. 

This project is funded in part by the Government of Canada's Sectoral Workforce Solutions Program.

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