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Robots contribute to our world on both a large and small scale. The manufacturing industry is shaped by robotics technology and other industries are not far behind from the influence of robotics and AI. New innovations in robotics create opportunities to improve jobs and tasks for humans. With that, industries outside of manufacturing are transforming from these innovations as they put robots to work in unlikely places.

Distance learning and online programs have created more resources than ever before to assist in a career change. With access to these resources, there are many opportunities to grow your technical skills. Changing career paths is a very common choice for people who want to take their career to a new level or in this case, transition into a new industry.

The PLCs market was valued at $396 US Million in 2017 and is expected to reach approximately $825 US Million by 2024 with a CAGR (Compound Annual Growth Rate) of 11% over this period. North America has been and currently still is the largest PLC market globally and is expected to be the principle growth driver. Asia Pacific majors like India and China are also driving the rise in manufacturing units and pushing the demand for PLCs.

Securing an interview is the first step to getting the job you want. To get that interview, you need to master the skill of crafting a strong resume. Today's job market is highly competitive. Most companies use applicant tracking systems (ATS) to screen resumes and passing the initial screening process can be a challenge.

Manufacturing is a major contributor to the Canadian economy, accounting for $202 billion or 10.4% of GDP in 2018, which is an increase from previous years. The sector continues to steadily grow in 2019 due to the diversity of Canada’s manufacturing industries, but major industries include automobile and aerospace equipment, food and beverage, and oil and coal products. Some of these industries are clustered in certain regions in Canada, but the largest manufacturing clusters are in Ontario and Quebec.

Manufacturing is vital to the modern economy, yet millennials rank the sector as one of their least preferred career paths (5th out of 7 in a study by the National Association of Manufacturers). According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, one of the current and projected challenges the manufacturing sector faces is that younger workers are not entering the sector at a rate that is required to replace the current older workforce when they retire, which will lead to a major gap in the workforce.

A commonly asked question we get at GBCTechTraining is how many Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are granted upon completion of one of the technical training certificate programs. Well, this post will explain what CEUs are, their value to our students, and how many CEUs are granted after program completion!

Geet Amin is the Senior Technical and Tutorial Consultant at GBCTechTraining, and has been here since 2010, making him very knowledgeable about the online Technical Training Certificate programs offered here at George Brown College.

We recently sat down with Geet to talk about some of the common technical challenges the students in our programs face, and how he and other support team members here help them! We also cover the tutorial support that is offered by the programs.

Over the years, we’ve had many questions about the certificate that graduates receive upon completion of a George Brown College online Technical Training Certificate program. We often get questions about what it looks like, its value, the accreditation it carries, and how it prepares you for a career in the industry.

Over the past few years, there has been intense debate about the effectiveness of online classes in comparison to in-class programs. Concerns, such as whether students in online classes acquire the same level of skills and knowledge as those in offline classes, has generated many research studies to answer these questions. The debate is still ongoing, but more and more research is reporting that online education can be just as, if not more, effective than in-class education!

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