Eves Government invests $2 million to create new training opportunities for trades careers

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Eves Government invests $2 million to create new training opportunities for trades careers

Ministry of Colleges and Universities

OAKVILLE, ON, Aug. 6 /CNW/ - Ernie Eves government is investing $2 million this year to develop Ontario's first new co-op training program, leading to both a college diploma and apprenticeship certification, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities Dianne Cunningham said today.
"A more highly skilled workforce is critical to Ontario's economic growth," Cunningham said. "By combining a college diploma with apprenticeship training, we are giving students a new opportunity to earn skills that lead to high paying jobs."
The new Co-op Diploma Apprenticeship Program will provide both apprenticeship certification and a college diploma in less time than it would generally take a student to complete both programs back-to-back.
Employers will also benefit from the new training by having access to more apprentices with a higher level of training.
"There's a steady demand for apprentice and certified cooks in Ontario, making the trade a popular career choice," said Chef Glen Gardner, chair of the industry committee that leads the setting of training standards for the trade of cook. "From the perspective of the cook trade, the new co-op college diploma and apprenticeship training program will increase access to apprenticeships for young people who will have a broader academic background and more general experience with the hospitality industry."
A call for proposals has been issued to the province's colleges to develop curricula under the new model for the trades of cook and precision machining and tooling. The initiative will be later expanded to other skilled trades. Training sites will be chosen through a formal selection process to implement the two programs.
"The demand for skilled workers is increasing, and employers are looking for graduates with both academic learning and practical experience. The Co-op Diploma Apprenticeship Program will help attract more Ontarians to careers in the skilled trades," Cunningham said.

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Fact sheet

August 6, 2003


Since 2000, the Eves government has invested $120 million to revitalize the apprenticeship training system and double the number of new entrants into apprenticeship programs. Apprenticeship training is done in the workplace where an apprentice learns first hand from experienced skilled workers.
The Ernie Eves government recognizes that investing in the skills of workers is essential to economic growth and Ontario's leadership in the global marketplace. Ontario's apprenticeship training system currently serves 60,700 apprentices and 23,300 employers.

Greater access to training for students and workers

- The 2003 budget announced a new model of Co-op Diploma Apprenticeship
Program combining a college diploma and apprenticeship certification
that will encourage more young people to consider skilled trades
careers and provide employers with apprentices with a broader academic

- Announced in the 2000 budget, the Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program
helps potential apprentices develop their skills and experience to
prepare to be hired as an apprentice.

- The Journeyperson Updating Program provides older skilled workers with
opportunities to keep pace with change in their industry to make them
better teachers for apprentices in the workplace.

Ensuring that college training facilities keep pace with industry needs

- Announced in 2000, the Apprenticeship Enhancement Fund will invest
$50 million over five years to help colleges update their equipment
and facilities so that training remains current, and colleges have the
capacity to train more apprentices.

Investment in skills training online

- The 2003 budget announced a $5 million investment in the successful
TVOntario Lifelong Learning Challenge Fund to develop online training
projects in partnership with employers with a focus on apprenticeship

Access for youth to apprenticeship training

- The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program helps students begin to train
for an apprenticeship while completing their high school diploma. This
year, the program will provide about 12,000 students in 71 school
boards with experience in more than 80 skilled trades.

Encouraging employers to train

- In the 2003 budget, the Ontario government proposed a refundable
Apprenticeship Tax Credit for employers that would create jobs and
increase the supply of skilled-trades workers, in key sectors of the
economy such as construction and manufacturing.

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.

Encouraging more women to enter trades

- The 2003 budget announced an investment in programs to help women
obtain apprenticeships in skilled trades, and skills and jobs in the
information technology sector.

Support for updating training standards

- Announced in the 2000 budget, the Apprenticeship Innovation Fund
provides $5 million each year for five years to support the expansion
of the apprenticeship training system to new skilled trades and helps
to maintain high quality and consistent standards for training.

Support for new apprentices

- In May 1998, the government introduced the Loans for Tools program
that provides loans to new apprentices to help with the cost of buying

Media Contact:
Dave Ross
Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities
(416) 325-2709

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For further information: Media Contacts: Dave Ross, Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, (416) 325-2709; Andrew Bennett Minister's Office, (416) 326-5748