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$140K up for grabs to up-and-coming Electrical industry leaders

May 6, 2020 | By Anthony Capkun

May 6, 2020 – We’ve been covering Electro-Federation Canada’s scholarship program for many years, and the deadline for the 2020 instalment is fast approaching. But rather than simply point you to a website, we connected with Frank Cistrone—president of the Shawcor Automotive & Industrial Segment, and chair of the EFC 2020 Scholarship Committee—to tell us more about the program, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary.

“Due to the steadily aging workforce in the industry, and the continuing drive for innovation is areas [such] as electrification, digitization, robotics and intelligent buildings, our EFC member companies have identified the need for great, young and new talent as the No. 1 game changer in the industry,” Frank explained.

WATCH the VIDEO below for interview snippets with Frank Cistrone.

Of course, besides contending with an aging workforce and the need for innovation, we are all dealing with the COVID-19 crisis, and that includes students who need our support.

“This health crisis has resulted in university and colleges being closed and, as a result, many students have returned home and find themselves in challenging times,” Frank acknowledges, adding, “These students are the future leaders in our industry! This makes our efforts to promote and demonstrate the value of an electrical industrial as a career destination even more important.”

EFC says the electrical industry offers “strong careers, with competitive salaries and benefits, in a sector with cutting-edge innovation”. So I asked Frank about some of those cutting-edge technologies and careers, and he pointed to electrification, digitization, robotics, machine learning, artificial intelligence and intelligent buildings.

“These cutting-edge technologies require new and highly skilled university and college talent to innovate and achieve breakthrough technology for their organizations,” he underscored, then brought up an example from his own company.

“At Shawcor, our technology team members are driven and thrive on the challenge of new and demanding customer innovation requirements. We have developed new products and service offerings in the electrical, industrial and automotive markets serving segments in nuclear, electric vehicles and machine learning.”

As you can see from just the last five years below, it remains a very strong program, which speaks well of its importance to EFC member companies.

2016 – $136,000 across 53 scholarships.
2017 – over $150,000 across 57 scholarships.
2018 – $156,250 across 62 scholarships.
2019 – over $150,000 across 62 scholarships.
2020 – over $140,000 across 55 scholarships. (25th year)

The deadline to apply is May 31, 2020. Don’t wait… share it now.

Students can apply at scholarship.electrofed.com.

CLICK HERE to view the scholarships available.

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