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Mastercam Partnership Provides Free Experiences to Inspire Future Workforce
Mastercam is partnering with Edge Factor to equip or- ganizations across North America with Experience toolkits to inspire students and job seekers to pursue career path- ways. This strategic workforce development initiative will provide schools, companies and workforce leaders with free access to high impact multimedia, a keynote presen- tation, promotional tools and practical guidebook on how to plan, promote, host and follow up on engaging Experi- ences. These online Experiences are designed to encourage students, parents and job seekers to explore skilled trades, apprenticeships, CTE programs, careers, STEAM and soft skills.
Edge Factor, an e-learning platform, has created thou- sands of videos, interactive activities and lesson plans that focus on career exploration. K-12 and postsecondary schools, companies and organizations partner with Edge Factor to help tackle workforce development regionally and nationally. “Wielding the power of storytelling, Edge Factor media has showcased multiple Mastercam custom- ers using technology to bring design ideas to life. With these stories and much more, the Edge Factor platform helps students and job seekers explore career pathways, learn soft skills, discover STEAM on the job, experience virtual workplaces and learn about local training and career opportunities,” said a spokesperson.
Featuring select tools from the Edge Factor library, free Experiences will be available during specific 2021 months for organizations to share in classrooms, homes and at events.
“Partnership is crucial as we face a new world of op- portunity. We know that times are changing, and while that may feel scary at some level, it can also be exciting when you have the right team. I am proud to have Mastercam and Edge Factor continue our long-term partnership know- ing that this will allow us to lead and grow as both organi- zations move into the future together,” said Jeremy Bout, founder and President of Edge Factor.
“As an industry leader for more than 35 years, CNC Software Inc. meets the needs of their customers by com- bining Mastercam’s software programming with practical shop floor experience,” said the spokesperson.
“CNC Software responds to the needs of the manufac- turing community and has provided CAD/CAM solutions to more than 265,000 installations worldwide in industries including moldmaking, automotive, aerospace and consumer industries.”
“Mastercam and Edge Factor have been corporate part- ners for over 10 years, and we have found this to be a very beneficial partnership as both companies share a common goal of bridging the gap between education and industry and raising overall awareness,” said Graham Hargreaves, Cor- porate Marketing Manager, Mastercam. “We are excited to partner again in 2021, and once again unite for key initiatives that represent core business drivers for Mastercam. Bridging the skills gap, showing opportunities for women in manufac- turing, and expanding overall awareness of manufacturing in our communities are of utmost importance, and our partner- ship with Edge Factor will help to deliver those messages to a critical audience.”
Mastercam is partnering with Edge Factor on the upcom- ing 2021 Experiences:
• Women in Skilled Trades (Apr 2021)-To celebrate In- ternational Women’s Day/Month, this toolkit will feature a special collection of tools that Edge Factor has created that feature women in skilled trades. The goal of this Experience is to encourage more women and female students to pursue career pathways in diverse skilled trades.
• Rock MFG DAY (Sept - Oct 2021)-October is Manu- facturing Day/Month and Edge Factor is providing the 2021 Rock MFG DAY kit for everyone to highlight the extraor- dinary world of advanced manufacturing. This toolkit will include resources to promote manufacturing careers and technology and showcase how STEAM comes alive in this industry.
To learn more and pre-register, go
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