Eves government invests $3 million to increase access to skilled trades

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Eves government invests $3 million to increase access to skilled trades

TORONTO, Dec. 26 /CNW/ - The Ernie Eves government is investing $3 million through the Apprenticeship Innovation Fund to streamline access to flexible, high quality apprenticeship programs, Dianne Cunningham, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities announced today.
"We are committed to ensuring Ontario has the highly qualified workforce that will provide employers with the competitive edge to succeed in the global marketplace," Cunningham said. "To meet that goal, we are expanding measures to speed entry of qualified people, including those trained internationally, into these high demand occupations by giving them credit for the skills they have already mastered."
Of the total investment, the Ontario government has awarded $866,963 to develop exemption tests in 12 trades as well as projects to upgrade classroom training curriculum in seven high demand trades.
The exemption examinations will assess the prior learning of people seeking to become apprentices in 12 trades, so they are exempted from classroom training they have already acquired elsewhere. The training curriculum will be updated for brick and stone mason, ironworker, rodworker, small engine mechanic, recreational vehicle mechanic, information technology support analyst, and refrigeration and air conditioning mechanic.
"Through these measures, we are not only improving the quality of training available to apprentices, we are allowing them to practice their chosen occupation as soon as they are able to demonstrate they are qualified," Cunningham said.
"Support from the Apprenticeship Innovation Fund will help us meet the increasing demand for skilled construction workers," said Cosmo Manella, Director, LIUNA Canadian Tri-Fund. "By helping LIUNA develop an exemption test to assess the prior learning of apprentices, the fund will also provide opportunities for experienced workers to be trained to provincial standards without duplicating knowledge they already possess, and speed their safe participation in the trade of Construction Craft Worker."
The remaining funds in this year's allocation were invested in a number of projects to enhance training in the skilled trades, including:
- development of electronic and distance learning products;
- AutoCAD files to provide computer-based training for tool and die
makers;
- development of practical tests for the trade of auto body and
collision damage repairer; and
- new print learning materials for plumbers.
The Apprenticeship Innovation Fund is investing $25 million over five years to support the provincial government's goal to reform the apprenticeship training system. The government has modernized the apprenticeship system and to date increased funding by 50 per cent.

Backgrounder
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EVES GOVERNMENT INVESTMENT IN SKILLS TRAINING FOCUSES ON
IMPROVED ACCESS TO SKILLED TRADES

This year's investment in individual projects through the Apprenticeship Innovation Fund supports the creation of exemption tests - examinations to assess the prior learning of apprentices so that they are exempt from classroom training on material they have already mastered. Exemption tests help provide access to skilled trades training, especially for internationally-trained skilled workers.
This year's investment in individual projects totals $866,963, out of a total commitment of $3,094,380 from the Apprenticeship Innovation Fund.

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Skilled trades and Amount
project investment Work awarded to invested
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Brick and Stone Mason Ontario Masonry Training Centre $85,000
New classroom curriculum and
development of an exemption
test to assess the prior
learning achievements of
apprentices
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Iron Worker; Rodworker International Association of $99,750
Updating classroom Bridge, Structural, Ornamental
curriculum and development and Reinforcing Iron Workers
of an exemption test to District Council of Ontario
assess the prior learning - Iron Workers Local 721;
achievements of apprentices Local 736; and Local 700
- Sault College
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Auto Body Repairer and Niagara College with support from: $34,450
Collision Damage Repairer - Algonquin College
Development of an exemption - Canadore College
test to assess the prior - Centennial College
learning achievements of - Fanshawe College
apprentices - Mohawk College
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Automotive Painter Niagara College with support from: $31,450
Development of an exemption - Algonquin College
test to assess the prior - Canadore College
learning achievements of - Centennial College
apprentices - Fanshawe College
- Mohawk College
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Child and Youth Worker Centennial College $35,000
Development of an exemption
test to assess the prior
learning achievements of
apprentices
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Construction Craft Worker Laborers' International Union $34,100
Development of an exemption of North America, Local 1059
test to assess the prior
learning achievements of
apprentices
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Horticultural Technician Humber College with support from: $35,000
Development of an exemption - Lambton College
test to assess the prior - Sir Sanford Fleming College
learning achievements of - Cambrian College
apprentices - Niagara College
- St. Clair College
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Information Tech. Support Canadore College with $175,000
Analyst (Hardware, Help support from:
Desk and Network) - Collège Boréal
Update the classroom - Niagara College
curriculum and development - George Brown College
of an exemption test to - Georgian College
assess the prior learning - La Cité collégiale
achievements of apprentices
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Small Engine Mechanic Centennial College $135,000
Update the classroom
curriculum and development of
an exemption test to assess
the prior learning
achievements of apprentices
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Partsperson Niagara College with support from: $33,950
Development of an exemption - Centennial College
test to assess the prior - Durham College
learning achievements of - Mohawk College
apprentices - Sault College
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Recreation Vehicle Mechanic Georgian College $50,000
Develop new classroom
curriculum
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Refrigeration and Air Mohawk College with support from: $118,263
Conditioning Mechanic - Algonquin College
Develop new classroom - George Brown College
curriculum for branch 1 - Humber College
training and update the
classroom curriculum for
branch 2
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TOTAL $866,963
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Contact:
Dave Ross
Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities
(416) 325-2709

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For more information visit www.edu.gov.on.ca
For further information: Andrew Bennett, Minister's Office, (416) 326-5748; Dave Ross, Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, (416) 325-2709