Million dollar investment helps skilled workers keep pace with change, supports economic growth

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Million dollar investment helps skilled workers keep pace with change, supports economic growth

Ministry of Colleges and Universities

TORONTO, Jan. 2 /CNW/ - The Ontario government is investing $1.3 million through the Apprenticeship Innovation Fund to improve classroom training for skilled workers, announced Dianne Cunningham, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities.
"Up-to-date, quality skills training is critical to supporting Ontario's growing economy," Cunningham said. "The Apprenticeship Innovation Fund is investing in the skills of our workers, job creation and in further economic growth."
Announced in the May 2000 budget, the Apprenticeship Innovation Fund provides $5 million annually over three years to support the expansion of the apprenticeship training system and will help maintain high quality and consistent standards for training.
"Support from the Apprenticeship Innovation Fund has allowed our operating engineers training centre to create a realistic training simulator that will give apprentice crane operators the opportunity to test themselves against extreme workplace challenges," said Gerry Hughes, Director of the Operating Engineers Training Institute in eastern Ontario. "As a result, apprentices will be going into the workplace even better prepared with skills that will help improve workplace safety and efficiency."
This year's awards invested $1.3 million in updating classroom training standards for apprentices in 11 trades or occupations, such as automotive service technician, farm equipment technician and construction and maintenance electrician. Funds are also being provided to assess apprentices' prior learning achievements and avoid duplicating their classroom training.
In addition, the awards invest in the creation of classroom curriculum for six new trades such as automotive electronic accessory technician, educational assistant and surface blaster.

The remaining $3.7 million is invested to:
- develop flexible, alternative methods for delivering apprenticeship
classroom training
- create a comprehensive assessment or remediation system to help
apprentices complete classroom training
- encourage more partnerships between industry and apprenticeship
training deliverers
- foster greater integration of apprenticeship in-school programs with
postsecondary courses and with the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship
Program
- develop and revise additional curriculum standards and prior learning
examinations
- translate program materials into French.

"A highly-skilled workforce is key to ensuring Ontario remains a Canadian leader in attracting investment and jobs," Cunningham said. "I congratulate all of the winning project teams for their commitment to improve skills training across Ontario."
The Apprenticeship Innovation Fund supports the government's goal to reform the apprenticeship training system. New apprenticeship training legislation became law in January 2000 to create a more flexible training system led by industry.

Apprenticeship Innovation Fund awards

January 2001

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Amount
Project Work awarded to: awarded
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Curriculum development or A consortium of colleges $142,935
revision for: including:
- Alignment and brakes - Niagara (project lead)
technician - Durham
- Automotive electronic - Algonquin
accessory technician - Mohawk
- Automotive service technician - Centennial
- Transmission technician - Sault
- Canadore
- Fanshawe
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Curriculum revision for: Centennial College $56,055
- Truck trailer service
technician
- Truck and coach technician
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Curriculum development or A consortium of colleges $274,250
revision for: including:
- Heavy duty equipment - Cambrian (project lead)
technician - Sault
- Farm equipment technician - Fanshawe
- Powered lift truck technician - Confederation
- Canadore
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Curriculum development for: Mohawk College $17,368
- Educational assistant
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Curriculum development for: A consortium of colleges $134,046
- Tool and cutter grinder including:
- Mould/die finisher - Niagara (project lead)
- Automatic screw machine - Durham
operator - Mohawk
- Sheridan
- St. Clair
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Prior learning examination for: Niagara College $54,280
Pattern maker
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Curriculum revision and/or prior A consortium of colleges $81,273
learning examinations for: including:
- Industrial electrician - Mohawk (project lead)
- Construction and maintenance - Confederation
electrician - Durham
- Domestic/rural electrician - St. Clair
- Electrical common core - Sault
training (combines levels 1 - Humber
and 2 of three electrician - Cambrian
trades: Industrial,
Construction and maintenance
and Domestic and rural)
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Curriculum revision for: A consortium of colleges $33,714
- Network cabling specialist including:
- Algonquin (project lead)
- Durham
- Humber
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Prior learning examinations for: A consortium of colleges $59,410
- Cook including:
- Niagara (project lead)
- Algonquin
- George Brown
- Sault
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Curriculum revision for: A consortium of colleges $40,152
- Hairstylist including:
- Niagara (project lead)
- Sault
- St. Clair
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Curriculum revision and prior A consortium of colleges $146,485
learning examinations for: including:
- Steamfitter - Algonquin (project lead)
- Plumber - Mohawk
- Fanshawe
- Sault
- Durham
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Curriculum revision for: A consortium of colleges $34,629
- Carpenter including:
- Drywall, acoustic and lathing - Mohawk (project lead)
applicator - Confederation
- Algonquin
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Curriculum development for: Canadore College $79,250
- Surface blaster
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Prior learning examinations for: Durham College $47,850
- Mobile crane operator
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Curriculum development for: A consortium of colleges $92,500
- Retail meat cutter including:
- Canadore (project lead)
- Algonquin
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Total project funding: $1,294,197
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For further information: Kerry Kincaid Delaney, Minister's office, (416) 326-1625; Dave Ross, Media relations, (416) 325-2709