The Ontario Government invests $3.7 million for skilled workers

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The Ontario Government invests $3.7 million for skilled workers

Ministry of Colleges and Universities

TORONTO, March 21 /CNW/ - The Ontario government is investing $3.7 million to help people develop their skills so they can become apprentice skilled workers, the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, Dianne Cunningham, announced today.
"Our aging workforce means employers are working harder to find the skilled workers they need to compete, grow and create jobs," Cunningham said. "Through the Pre-apprenticeship Training Program, the Ontario government is working with trainers and industry groups to help more people develop the essential skills to become apprentices."
The Pre-apprenticeship Training Program is designed to bridge the gap between the skills employers need and the learning and experience of people looking for work. Under the program, the government is helping 400 people and investing in 20 courses this year through a competitive process.
People who want a career in skilled trades can apply to participate in a course providing instruction in technical training that will prepare them to be eligible to become an apprentice in a specific trade. The course includes a workplace placement to give each participant real work experience. The duration of courses vary from 20 to 40 weeks.
Most programs will offer participants the opportunity to upgrade their academic skills to the minimum academic requirements for the trade in which they are training. Participation in the program is free.
"Increased demand for skilled millwrights, and the overall aging of skilled workers in the trade, demand that more young workers be trained to meet the needs of industry," said Dan Trudel, Coordinator of Apprenticeship Training and Special Projects, Millwright Regional Council of Ontario. "The Council is pleased to participate in this important program which will strengthen our trade, strengthen industry and help create jobs."
"To ensure our economy will continue to grow and create jobs, the Ontario government will double the number of people participating in apprenticeship programs," Cunningham said. "The Pre-apprenticeship Training Program is an important step to help us achieve that goal."
Another $33 million will be invested by 2004-05 to double the number of entrants to apprenticeship programs in the skilled trades. The Pre- apprenticeship Training Program is part of this 2001 Budget commitment.
The 2001 Budget also announced the Apprenticeship Enhancement Fund, a five-year, $50 million commitment to upgrade equipment and facilities in colleges that provide classroom training to apprentices.
People interested in participating in the Pre-apprenticeship Training Program should call the JobGrow and Training Hotline at 1-888-JobGrow, or 416-326-5656 in the Toronto area, for details about individual projects.

Backgrounder
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Ministry of Training,
Colleges and Universities March 21, 2002

PROJECTS SPONSORED BY THE PRE-APPRENTICESHIP TRAINING PROGRAM

March 2002

The Ontario government is helping 400 people develop their skills so they will be eligible to train as apprentices through a $3.7 million investment in the Pre-apprenticeship Training Program. Participation in the program is free.
People who want careers in the skilled trades can apply to participate in one of 20 courses providing technical training and a workplace placement that will prepare them to be eligible to become an apprentice in a specific trade.

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Trade Course provided by Government
investment
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Autobody repairer and Algonquin College $ 152,878.00
collision damage
repairer, branch one YMCA - Hamilton/Burlington $ 173,900.00
Mohawk College
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Automotive service Centennial College $ 192,954.00
technician
Niagara College $ 225,955.00
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General carpenter Sir Sandford Fleming $ 92,489.00
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Education assistant Boreal College $ 256,599.00
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Construction boilermaker Boilermakers Local 128 $ 274,154.00
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Construction and George Brown College $ 192,698.00
maintenance electrician
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Industrial electrician Mohawk College $ 238,489.00
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General machinist Fanshawe College $ 191,000.00
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Cook La Cité collégiale $ 213,337.00

Hairstylist
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Heavy duty equipment Cambrian College $ 149,925.00
technician
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Help desk - Boreal College - two locations $ 131,959.00
information technology
support analyst
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Horticulturalist Humber College $ 160,157.00
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Industrial mechanic Conestoga College $ 334,238.00
millwright Millwright Regional Council
of Ontario
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Information technology Canadore College $ 119,757.00
support analyst
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Automotive partsperson Durham College $ 164,494.00
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Precision machining and St. Clair College $ 185,096.00
tooling
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Truck and coach technician Fanshawe College $ 249,621.00
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Total government investment $3,699,700.00
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For more information visit www.edu.gov.on.ca
For further information: Dave Ross, Minister's office, (416) 326-1625; Bruce Skeaff, Ministry contact, (416) 325-2709