Five million dollars to support skilled trades training, economic growth

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Five million dollars to support skilled trades training, economic growth

Ministry of Colleges and Universities

TORONTO, Jan. 14 /CNW/ - The Ontario government is investing $5 million through the Apprenticeship Innovation Fund to improve classroom training for skilled workers, announced Dianne Cunningham, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities.
In the May 2001 budget, the Apprenticeship Innovation Fund was given an additional $10 million to extend its work to update apprenticeship classroom training and support the creation of new skilled trades training standards for another two years to 2005. The Fund is investing $25 million over five years.
"A strong program of classroom training for apprentices is critical to ensuring Ontario has the skilled workers necessary to sustain economic growth and competitiveness," Cunningham said. "This year's investment through the Apprenticeship Innovation Fund strengthens the skills of our workers and economic growth."
Out of a total of $5 million, this year the Ontario government is awarding $1.7 million to projects to update classroom training standards for apprentices in 34 trades or occupations, such as precision metal fabrication, early childhood educator, and electrical utility line worker. Funds are also being provided to develop examinations to assess the prior learning achievements of apprentices so that they can receive exemption from classroom training already achieved.

The remaining $3.3 million is being invested to:

- develop flexible, alternative methods for delivering apprenticeship
classroom training including distance learning

- 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, and

- translate program materials into French.

In addition, the provincial government is awarding funds to create training standards for seven new trades: welder, machine-tool builder/integrator, band saw technician, circular saw technician, construction craft worker, as well as pool and spa/hot tub installer, and service technician.
"Support from the Apprenticeship Innovation Fund allows experienced leaders in the industry to develop rigorous, relevant training standards for skilled workers," said John Maceroni, Training Director at the Ontario Industrial and Finishing Skills Centre. "Working with Algonquin College, we will be able to provide our industry with a consistent training curriculum and give the Ontario government tools to assess the prior learning of people who want to work in the glazier and metal mechanic trade, and painter and decorator trade."
Effective, comprehensive training standards not only help Ontario workers to develop their skills to match the best in the world, but also strengthen workplace safety and the quality of products and services enjoyed by consumers.
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 2002

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Project Work awarded to: Amount awarded
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Develop curriculum A consortium of colleges $ 73,750
standards and prior including:
learning examinations for: - Humber (project lead)
- Arborist - Lambton
- Niagara
- St. Clair
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Develop prior learning Canadore College $ 40,000
examinations for:
- Surface Blaster
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Develop curriculum A consortium of colleges $ 84,500
standards and prior including:
learning examinations for: - Fanshawe (project lead)
- Industrial - Canadore
Woodworker/Cabinetmaker - George Brown
- Georgian
- Humber
- St. Clair
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Curriculum development A consortium of colleges $ 48,900
for: including:
- Baker/Patissier - George Brown (project
lead)
- Niagara
- Humber
- St. Clair
- Confederation
- Cambrian
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Update curriculum and A consortium of colleges $ 75,000
develop prior learning including:
examinations for: - Canadore (project lead)
- Early Childhood - Seneca
Educator - La Cite
- Boreal
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Develop prior learning A consortium of colleges $ 49,830
examinations for: including:
- Heavy Duty Equipment - Cambrian (project lead)
Technician - Fanshawe
- Farm Equipment - Sir Sandford Fleming
Technician - Sault
- Confederation
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Develop prior learning Cambrian College $ 39,900
examinations for:
- Powered Lift Truck
Technician
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Curriculum development A consortium of colleges $ 49,150
for: including:
- Auto Body & Collision - Niagara (project lead)
Damage Repairer - Canadore
- Centennial
- Fanshawe
- Mohawk
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Curriculum development A consortium of colleges $ 34,350
for: including:
- Automotive Painter - Niagara (project lead)
- Centennial
- Fanshawe
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Develop prior learning A consortium of colleges $ 39,900
examinations for: including:
- Commercial Vehicle - Cambrian (project lead)
and Equipment Common Core - Fanshawe
- Truck and Coach - Algonquin
Technician - Mohawk
- Heavy Duty Equipment
Technician
- Farm Equipment
Technician
- Powered Lift Truck
Technician
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Develop prior learning A consortium of colleges $ 128,150
examinations for: including:
- Alignment and Brakes - Niagara (project lead)
Technician - Algonquin
- Automotive Service - Canadore
Technician - Centennial
- Transmission - Durham
Technician - Fanshawe
- Mohawk
- St. Clair
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Develop prior learning A consortium of colleges $ 79,700
examinations for: including:
- Truck and Coach - Centennial (project
Technician lead)
- Truck-Trailer Service - Algonquin
Technician - Confederation
- Fanshawe
- Mohawk
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Develop prior learning A consortium of colleges $ 39,900
examinations for: including:
- Machine-Tool - Conestoga (project
Builder/Integrator lead)
- Niagara
- Mohawk
- Durham
- Georgian
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Curriculum development National Spa & Pool $ 50,000
for: Institute of Canada
- Pool & Spa/Hot Tub
Installer
- Pool & Spa/Hot Tub
Service Technician
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Develop curriculum and A consortium of colleges $ 119,200
prior learning including:
examinations for: - Humber (project lead)
- Facilities - Confederation
Maintenance Mechanic - Durham
- Facilities Systems - La Cite
Technician - Mohawk
- Niagara
- St. Clair
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Develop curriculum and Humber College $ 84,400
prior learning
examinations for:
- Construction
Boilermaker
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Curriculum development LIUNA, Local 1059 Training $ 45,100
for: Trust Fund (lead)
- Construction Craft LIUNA, Local 506 Training
Worker Trust Fund
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Develop curriculum and A consortium of colleges $ 99,700
prior learning including:
examinations for: - Confederation (project
- Band Saw Technician lead)
- Circular Saw - Boreal
Technician
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Develop curriculum and A consortium including: $ 83,550
prior learning - Algonquin (project
examinations for: lead)
- Painter/Decorator - Ontario Industrial &
Finishing Skills Centre
(OIFSC)
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Develop prior learning A consortium of colleges $ 39,998
examinations for: including:
- Educational Assistant - Mohawk (project lead)
- Boreal
- George Brown
- Niagara
- Sheridan
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Update curriculum and A consortium including: $ 69,925
develop prior learning - Universal Workers
examinations for: Union, Local 183 Life Long
- Concrete Finisher Learning Centre Inc.
- Georgian
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Update curriculum and A consortium of colleges $ 69,650
develop prior learning including:
examinations for: - Algonquin
- Precision Metal - Durham
Fabricator - Georgian
- Mohawk
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Update curriculum and A consortium of colleges $ 84,987
develop prior learning including:
examinations for: - Mohawk (project lead)
- Lineworker - Algonquin
(Power/Construction) - Durham
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Update curriculum and A consortium including: $ 83,550
develop prior learning - Algonquin (project
examinations for: lead)
- Glazier and Metal - Ontario Industrial &
Mechanic Finishing Skills Centre
(OIFSC)
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Develop curriculum and A consortium of colleges $ 94,200
prior learning including:
examinations for: - Conestoga (project
- Welder lead)
- Cambrian
- Algonquin
- Durham
- La Cite
- Niagara
- Sir Sandford Fleming
- Sheridan
- Fanshawe
- Mohawk
- Canadore
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Total project funding: $1,707,290
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An additional $3.3 million was invested as outlined above to total the Apprenticeship Innovation Fund's budget to $5 million for 2001.

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For further information: Dave Ross, Minister's Office, (416) 326-1625; Tanya Cholakov, Ministry, (416) 325-7526