Skills competition winners help sharpen Ontario's competitiveness, Cunningham says

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Skills competition winners help sharpen Ontario's competitiveness, Cunningham says

Ministry of Colleges and Universities

TORONTO, May 10 /CNW/ - The winners of this year's Ontario Technological Skills Competition announced yesterday are preparing themselves to become leaders in high paying jobs and to help Ontario remain a leader in the global economy, said Dianne Cunningham, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities.
More than 750 apprentices and students competed in 44 categories to demonstrate superior skills in trades ranging from carpentry to precision machining to network cabling at the 12th annual Ontario Technological Skills Competition held in Kitchener.
"Ontario's highly skilled, well-educated workforce is one of our province's key competitive advantages to attract investment and jobs," Cunningham said. "We can capitalize on this advantage, and create effective partnerships among employers, workers, educators, trainers and government. This will provide people with the essential skills needed to compete in a rapidly changing global economy."
"I congratulate the 10 registered apprentices and high school students registered as apprentices participating in the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program who won gold medals. All participants in the technological skills competition have demonstrated the determination and ability to be leaders in their industry."
"I also want to thank the employers of these apprentices, and other business leaders who support the Ontario Technological Skills Competition that gives our young people an opportunity to showcase their abilities."

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Apprentice or OYAP Won a gold medal for Home
participant
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Chris Dopson Network cabling Pickering
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Christopher Jean Heating, ventilation, Mississauga
refrigeration
and air conditioning
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Jennifer Matice Hairstyling Kitchener
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Donald McGhie Precision Machining Windsor
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Kevin Nequest Plumbing Kitchener
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Alex Prebul Precision machining Bradford
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Kris Sikkema Automotive service technician Elora
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Jeremie Stemmler Carpentry Kitchener
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Alissa Stoltz Baking Niagara-on-the-Lake
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Josh Wolfe Culinary arts Thornhill
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"In the construction industry, as in other sectors, retirements are creating great demand for workers in skilled trades and technology," said Peter Gilgan, President, Mattamy Homes and honourary chair of the 12th Ontario Technological Skills Competition. "Our economic future depends on today's youth acquiring the relevant skills for these jobs."
"The Ontario government is expanding apprenticeship training programs to ensure young people in the double cohort have the opportunity to train for exciting careers in skilled trades and support our growing economy," Cunningham said.
Last year, the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities contributed up to $342,500 to match industry contributions supporting Skills Canada-Ontario and the Ontario Technological Skills Competition. The competition was organized by Skills Canada-Ontario, a volunteer organization of employers, educators and trainers dedicated to helping young people to develop workplace skills.

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For further information: Kerry Kincaid Delaney, Minister's office, (416) 326-1625; Linda Nicolson, Media Relations, (416) 325-2667