Ontario government invests in apprenticeship training today for more jobs and growth tomorrow

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Ontario government invests in apprenticeship training today for more jobs and growth tomorrow

TORONTO, Sept. 7 /CNW/ - Dianne Cunningham, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, today announced details of the first phase of the province's $50 million investment to modernize apprenticeship training facilities in Ontario's community colleges - part of a major government initiative to double the number of entrants into Ontario's apprenticeship system.
"By improving and expanding Ontario's apprenticeship training facilities, we can ensure young people have opportunities to develop the right skills for excellent, high-demand careers in today's workplace," said Cunningham.
Today's announcement delivers on the first year of the government's five- year, $50 million Budget commitment to upgrade equipment and facilities in colleges that provide classroom training to apprentices. In the first year, 24 community colleges will benefit from $5 million in funding.
The 2001 Budget also announced that $33 million will be invested by 2004- 05 to double the number of entrants to apprenticeship programs in the skilled trades. To meet this goal, the government will work with industry groups, educators and trainers to develop new programs, improve the quality of apprenticeship training, and provide more training placements for apprentices.
"This investment will ensure that Ontario employers have the pool of skilled workers they need to compete in a global economy," said Cunningham. "As our workforce ages, we must recruit a new generation of skilled workers to ensure that Ontario has the highly skilled workforce it needs to continue to attract investment, create jobs and promote growth."
Since 1998, the government has taken several steps to reform Ontario's apprenticeship training system to make it more responsive to the needs of the province's job market. These include giving industry a stronger role in setting training standards, eliminating unnecessary government regulation, and introducing a new funding strategy to ensure that apprentices can access quality training.
"We are already well on our way to having the excellent, flexible apprenticeship training system our province needs," said Cunningham. "The Ontario government remains committed to working with industry groups, skilled workers, educators and trainers to encourage more young people to participate in the great careers available in skilled trades."

Backgrounder
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Ministry of Training,
Colleges and Universities September 7, 2001

ONTARIO'S PLAN TO STRENGTHEN APPRENTICESHIP TRAINING

The Ontario government's 2001 budget announced $88 million in new investments for apprenticeship training. These investments will help willing and qualified young people, including students in the double cohort, find opportunities to train for excellent jobs and careers through an expanded apprenticeship training system.
Through the Apprenticeship Enhancement Fund, the government will invest $50 million over five years to renew facilities and equip colleges to support increased apprenticeship enrolment and help them provide training that meets industry needs.

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Allocations for 2001: total $5 million
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College Allocation
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Algonquin $347,248
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Boreal $ 22,260
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Cambrian $ 72,884
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Canadore $ 52,996
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Centennial $552,908
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Cité Collégiale $155,148
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Conestoga $360,356
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Confederation $ 83,280
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Durham $352,220
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Fanshawe $400,132
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George Brown $439,908
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Georgian $ 82,376
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Humber $207,580
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Lambton $ 52,996
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Loyalist $ 57,516
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Mohawk $596,752
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Niagara $116,276
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Northern $ 35,368
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St. Clair $410,528
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St. Lawrence $110,852
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Sault $133,000
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Seneca $ 99,552
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Sheridan $145,656
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Sir Sandford Fleming $112,208
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Further investments under the program will be available to colleges through a combination of direct allocation and competitive proposals.
The Budget also announced that $33 million will be invested by 2004-05 to double the number of entrants to apprenticeship programs. This will be achieved through partnerships with all participants in the training system, including apprentices and skilled workers.

The investment will include:

Pre-apprenticeship training program. With the coming of the double cohort and the baby-boom echo, the Ontario government anticipates that more people will be looking for opportunities to learn the trade-related skills essential to becoming an apprentice.

Journeyperson updating to help experienced skilled workers keep their skills current. In today's global marketplace, employers rely heavily on experienced skilled workers -- also called journeypersons -- having the skills essential to keep pace with technology and workplace practices, as well as to provide high-quality workplace training for apprentices.

Promotion of careers in skilled trades. The government will work with industry, educators and trainers, skilled workers and apprentices to promote careers in skilled trades to encourage more young people to become apprentices.

In addition, funding for the Apprenticeship Innovation Fund will be extended for another two years to 2005, to support the expansion of the training system to new skilled trades and help maintain high quality and consistent standards for training.

Fact sheet
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Ministry of Training,
Colleges and Universities September 7, 2001

REFORMED APPRENTICESHIP TRAINING SYSTEM
STRENGTHENS ECONOMIC GROWTH

In January 1998, the Ontario government launched a strategy to strengthen economic growth and job creation through a reformed apprenticeship training system. Reform of the system includes giving industry a stronger role, eliminating unnecessary government regulation and introducing a new funding strategy to ensure that apprentices can access quality training.
The government's goal is to double the number of Ontarians entering apprenticeship programs to ensure employers have access to the skilled workers they need to compete in the global marketplace, and ensure that young people have access to high-quality skills training.

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Achievement Description
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New legislation The Apprenticeship and Certification Act was
proclaimed on January 1, 2000 replacing legislation
that had not been overhauled since 1964.
Together, the new legislation and its regulations:
- Provide a more streamlined framework to attract
new employers and emerging trades into the
apprenticeship training programs, and
- Encourage greater industry involvement in the
system.
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Encourage In January 1998, the Ontario Co-operative Education
employers to Tax Credit was extended to employers training
train apprentices in specific skilled trades. Eligible
trades include computer-aided design and automated
manufacturing, as well as telecommunications and
information technology. In 1999, the eligible period
of support was extended to 24 months.
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Support for new In May 1998, the government introduced the Loans
apprentices for Tools program that provides loans to new
apprentices to cover part of the cost of buying tools.
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Greater access In June 1998, the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship
for youth to Program (OYAP) was provided with new funding and a
apprenticeship more accountable framework to help students begin
training working towards an apprenticeship while completing
high school. The government expects all school boards
will be providing OYAP by 2003-04.
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Encourage more The 1999 provincial budget announced a $3.8 million
women to enter investment in the Women in Skilled Trades Initiative
trades to recruit and train women through pre-apprenticeship
programs for the automotive manufacturing industry.
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Support for Announced in the 2000 budget, the Apprenticeship
updating training Innovation Fund provides $5 million annually over
standards three years to support the expansion of the
apprenticeship training system to new skilled trades
and will help maintain high quality and consistent
standards for training. This year, support for the
Fund was extended for another two years.
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Doubling entrants The 2001 budget announced support to double the number
to apprenticeship of entrants to apprenticeship programs. As part of
programs this initiative, Ontario will establish a
pre-apprenticeship program, encourage experienced
skilled workers (journey-persons) to update their
skills and launch a campaign to promote careers in
skilled trades.
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Support to Through the Apprenticeship Enhancement Fund, the
colleges government is providing $50 million over five years
providing to modernize equipment and facilities in colleges
apprenticeship for apprenticeship programs.
classroom training
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Apprenticeship Facts (2000/01)
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Number of registered apprentices 52,527
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Number of new entrants 15,802
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Number of employers training apprentices 22,000
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Number of apprenticeship programs for skilled trades
and occupations 136
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Number of students involved in the Ontario Youth
Apprenticeship Program 5,500
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For more information visit www.edu.gov.on.ca
For further information: Contacts: Dave Ross, Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, (416) 325-2709; Andrew Bennett, Minister's Office, (416) 326-5748