TVOntario challenge fund to create learning and job creation opportunities

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TVOntario challenge fund to create learning and job creation opportunities

Ministry of Colleges and Universities

TORONTO, July 27 /CNW/ - The launch of the $5 million TVOntario Lifelong Learning Challenge Fund will create new, innovative opportunities for Ontarians to learn critical job skills through the Internet, said Dianne Cunningham, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities. TVOntario will issue a call for proposals in August from employers, industry organizations, unions, and educators to develop Ontario-based online skills training programs.
"This announcement is TVOntario's first step in meeting its new mandate to develop a flexible source of learning and training that can be delivered to people in their homes, workplaces and communities and provide them with access to high-quality learning when and where they need it," said Cunningham.
"The Lifelong Learning Challenge Fund will bring together the experience of Ontario's award-winning educational web designer and the insight of employers and industry groups to help adults and young people access interactive, online training programs that will contribute to their success in the workplace."
The new fund will operate as a 50-50 matching grant program between TVOntario and private-sector applicants.
"The TVOntario challenge fund will not only provide more opportunities for Ontarians to learn skills that are in demand but will also encourage more Ontario employers to invest in their workers and to help workers develop the skills essential for continued economic growth," said Cunningham.
"We are delighted with the opportunity the challenge fund provides to support TVOntario's renewed mandate for lifelong learning and skills training. We look forward to working with private sector and other partners to develop new innovative, online training programs for people across Ontario," said Isabel Bassett, Chair and Chief Executive Officer of TVOntario.
The Lifelong Learning Challenge Fund will help launch TVOntario's new media strategy and build new relationships that support its role as a leader in lifelong learning and skills training. The fund was first announced in the May 2nd Provincial budget.

Backgrounder

The Lifelong Learning Challenge Fund provides new opportunities to learn
job skills

The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities is providing $5 million to TVOntario to develop and implement the Lifelong Learning Challenge Fund. The fund will enable TVOntario to build new partnerships with employers and industry groups that will further establish its leadership role in skills training. TVOntario will issue a call for proposals in August from employers, industry organizations, unions and educators to develop online skills training programs.
The fund will provide a total of $5 million, which will be used to match private sector resources, including eligible in-kind contributions. The fund will also help launch TVOntario's new media strategy, which is part of its mandate to support lifelong learning.

Funding will be provided to projects that will:

- develop interactive, online training programs that are accessible to
learners in their communities, and meet their needs for workplace
skills;

- provide online training programs that are effective and contribute to
the success of learners in the workplace; and

- foster partnerships to increase the availability of online skills
training programs in the province, increasing private sector
involvement with and investment in training.

Organizations interested in providing online training with support from the Lifelong Learning Challenge Fund should contact:

Sarah Irwin,
Lifelong Learning Challenge Fund
2180 Yonge Street,
Box 200, Station Q
Toronto, Ontario
M4T 2T1

telephone: 416-484-2615
fax: 416-484-2767
email: LLCF@tvo.org
For further information: Kerry Delaney, Minister's office, (416) 326-1625; Dave Ross, Communications Branch, (416) 325-2709