December 2020, Tolland, Conn. – In 2021, Mastercam is partnering with Edge Factor to equip organizations across North America with three experience toolkits to inspire students and job seekers to pursue career pathways. This strategic workforce development initiative will provide schools, companies, and workforce leaders with free access to high impact multimedia, a keynote presentation, promotional tools, and practical guidebook on how to plan, promote, host, and follow up on engaging experiences. These online experiences will empower 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 thousands 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 Mastercam customers using technology to bring design ideas to life and impact people’s lives. With these stories, 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.
Featuring select tools from the Edge Factor library, six free Experiences will be available during specific 2021 months for organizations to share i classrooms, homes, and at events.
“Partnership is crucial as we face a new world of opportunity. 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 knowing that this will allow us to lead and grow as both organizations move into the future together,” said Jeremy Bout, founder and president of Edge Factor.
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“Mastercam and Edge Factor have been corporate partners for over ten years, and we’ve 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, corporate marketing manager, Mastercam. “We are excited to partner again in 2021, and once again unite for three key initiatives that represent core business drivers for Mastercam. Bridging the skills gap, showing opportunities for women in manufacturing, and expanding overall awareness of manufacturing in our communities are of utmost importance, and our partnership with Edge Factor will help to deliver those messages to a critical audience.”
Mastercam is specifically partnering with Edge Factor on the following three 2021 Experiences:
- Future Skills (Jan - Feb 2021) - As students are choosing which programs to enroll in for the following year, Edge Factor’s Future Skills Experience will promote and celebrate technical education programs and encourage students to get involved.
- Women in Skilled Trades (Mar - Apr 2021) - To celebrate International 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 Manufacturing Day/ Month and Edge Factor is providing the 2021 Rock MFG DAY kit for everyone to highlight the world of advanced manufacturing. This toolkit will include resources to promote manufacturing careers and technology and showcase how STEAM comes alive in this industry.
Educators, business and workforce development leaders, and parents looking to help children find career paths can pre-register for these free 2021 Experiences. Click the following link to learn more and pre-register: www.edgefactor.com/free-experiences.