Province and partners team up to train skilled workers: including cutting edge media

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Province and partners team up to train skilled workers: including cutting edge media

TORONTO, July 10 /CNW/ - Economic Development and Trade Minister Bob Runciman has announced the winning projects in a program that develops skilled workers needed to help Ontario's economy compete, grow, and create jobs.
The Strategic Skills Investment program involves partnerships between the government, private sector and educational institutions. Minister Runciman made his presentation at the Canadian Film Centre's annual premiere of New Media Prototypes where he gave Wayne Clarkson a cheque for new program funding.
"Developing a skilled work force is key to a strong economic future" said Minister Runciman. "Skilled workers strengthen the competitiveness of businesses and industry in Ontario, improve productivity, create jobs and contribute to the growth of our economy."
"We're very pleased that the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade has made this commitment to support talented interactive entertainment creators at the Canadian Film Centre," said Clarkson, Executive Director of the Centre. He added, "This support will help us achieve our goal of building the creative, business leadership and technical skills of Ontario digital entertainment creators, ensuring their success in the increasingly competitive global marketplace."

Minister Runciman said the four winning Strategic Skills Investment
projects are:
- The Interactive Entertainment Program at the Canadian Film Centre
in Toronto
- The Centre for Advanced Microelectronics Technology, Phase Two at
George Brown College of Applied Arts and Technology in Toronto
- The James Burgess Metal Trades Training Centre of St. Clair College
of Applied Arts and Technology in Wallaceburg
- Local 183 Eastern Region - Life Long Learning Centre to be built
in Cobourg by the Universal Workers Union.

These projects will receive a total of $8.2-million from the Ontario government. An additional $19.5-million will be provided by business and education partners.
Minister Runciman also announced the next call for proposals for new Strategic Skills Investment Program projects. This will be posted on the ministry web site provided below, on August 1, 2001. Proposals will be due no later than October 31, 2001.
Since the Strategic Skills Investment program began in 1998, a total of 38 projects have received $62-million in provincial government funding. Business and education partners have contributed an additional $176-million. Strategic Skills Investment is a $130-million, multi-year program that supports projects that accelerate skills development partnerships between training providers and business.

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For further information: Kathleen Klein, Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, (416) 325-6994; Hal Vincent, Minister's Office, (416) 325-8779; For more information, visit