Toronto, Ontario  – Humber College and Festo Didactic, Inc. are entering into a five-year partnership agreement designed to address the skills gap between industry needs and educational programming. Students and employees of advanced manufacturing companies will benefit from this partnership by receiving hands-on training to learn the Industry 4.0 skills necessary to succeed in an evolving economy. Industry 4.0 places a high value on clean technology, renewable energy and robotics and transforming traditional factories into smart ones using the Internet of Things (IoT) and cloud computing.

The agreement, in which Humber will become the exclusive postsecondary partner for the delivery of Festo’s proprietary training courses in the Greater Toronto Area, also includes the installation of the first Cyber Physical Factory in English Canada. The factory, to be housed in the Barrett Centre for Technology Innovation, is a comprehensive and expandable model enabling companies to research and engage in industrial simulations using cutting-edge technology to support production, logistics and quality assurance.

“Festo’s collaboration will strengthen Humber’s track record of providing leading advanced manufacturing and mechatronics education to our students and the community,” said Dr. Chris Whitaker, president, Humber College. “This partnership brings the future of Learning Systems education to Humber, and shows the importance of industry partners working with students on emerging technologies.”

In addition to training, professional development and certification initiatives, the partnership will focus on fostering innovation and education through a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) outreach program to engage Ontario youth.

“Festo Didactic values Humber’s vision for the future of technology and innovation, and we’re excited to partner with the college to provide the opportunity for students to learn the skills and gain practical experience that today’s employers demand,” said Thomas Lichtenberger, CEO, Festo Didactic. “Bringing us together with other industry partners, we look forward to a collaboration that leads to a world class automation and learning systems centre at Humber.”

The agreement also provides Humber students with internship opportunities in automation and manufacturing at Festo's headquarters in Germany, as well as employment pathways to positions at Festo's Customer Interaction Center in Toronto.

About Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning
Established in 1967, Humber College is a global leader in polytechnic education. Combining in-depth theoretical learning and hands-on experience with applied research and extensive industry connections, Humber provides career-focused education to 31,000 full-time and 23,000 part-time students across three campuses. The college offers a comprehensive range of credentials including honours undergraduate degrees, postgraduate certificates, diplomas, apprenticeships and certificates. More than four out of five Humber graduates are employed within six months of completing their studies. Visit

About Festo Didactic
Festo Didactic is a leading provider of technical education equipment and training. Festo’s educational solutions evolved from its world-class automation and engineering division and integrates the latest trends in each learning system it offers. The innovative product range allows educators and trainers to equip their classroom with the technology they need, from individual workstations to complete Learning Factories, as well as training and consulting, eLearning, courseware solutions, and LMS integration. For more information visit

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For more information, please contact:
Nadia Araujo
Media Relations and Communications Specialist
Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning
416.675.6622 ext. 5479

Corinne Haley
Head of Marketing North America at Festo Didactic