McGuinty Government Investing In Skills Training In Hamilton

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McGuinty Government Investing In Skills Training In Hamilton

Ministry of Colleges and Universities

Apprentices And Skilled Workers To Benefit From Updated Skills Training Centres HAMILTON, ON, Jan. 7 - The McGuinty government is investing in three local skills training centres to help apprentices, workers and journey persons develop their skills, John Milloy, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities announced today. "Hamilton needs more skilled workers to keep its employers strong and its economy moving forward," Milloy said. "We're providing unions and employers with resources to give workers the skills they need to help make a more prosperous Ontario." In Hamilton, investments include: - $155,501.25 to the Dofasco Learning and Development Centre - $69,696.75 to the Ironworkers Local 736 training centre, and - $34,453.06 to the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners, Local 18 training centre Contact Info "This investment is good news for Hamilton." said Sophia Aggelonitis, MPP for Hamilton Mountain. "It will ensure that Hamilton has the necessary tools to keep up with today's changing technology." "It's not enough to talk about jobs and a sustainable economy," said Ted McMeekin, MPP for Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale. "We must strive to be realistic and always prepared to do what it takes to equip our workforce with the knowledge and the tools required for success. Our announcement today and the partnerships it nurtures will strengthen our capacity to build a better and more competitive economy." "Investment by the Ontario government is vital to help our Local buy the equipment to ensure that experienced workers, apprentices and people who want careers in construction trades will be trained to be safe, effective and highly skilled trades people," said Doug Smees, business manager for Ironworkers Local 736. "As our membership ages, and with the increased demand for skilled ironworkers, we will need to train 250 new people in the next two years and keep our members competitive with new technologies." The funding will allow skills training centres to keep pace with changing technological requirements and train more apprentices, trainees and workers. This announcement follows one made in June that awarded $16.9 million to update the facilities and equipment of 53 skills training centres. The McGuinty government is committed to helping workers and communities adjust to competitive challenges. In the recently announced 2007 Ontario Economic Update and Fiscal Review, the government further demonstrated this commitment by announcing it will invest an additional $40 million this year in skills development through Employment Ontario, its nearly $1-billion jobs and training strategy. The government will also provide an additional $5 million in 2007-08 to the Communities in Transition program. This program helps communities facing significant challenges, such as the loss of a major employer, build a successful future. Disponible en français For more information visit www.edu.gov.on.ca ontario.ca/progress Backgrounder ------------------------------------------------------------------------- SKILLS TRAINING CENTRES AND THE SKILLS TRAINING INFRASTRUCTURE PROGRAM The Ontario government will invest $25 million in 2007-08, including $7.9 million immediately in 39 skills training centres to replace or purchase new equipment to help train more workers, apprentices and journeypersons. The program focuses on trades and occupations that have experienced significant technological change. The Skills Training Infrastructure Program encourages unions, employers and the broader training community to work together by requiring applicants to: - Contribute a minimum of 25 per cent of the equipment purchase cost - Have industry support for the upgrade or expansion. Projects were chosen through a call for proposals. Consideration was given to proposals that: - Serve the needs of construction or Red Seal trades (these are trades that through agreements among the provinces and territories allow certified skilled workers to work anywhere in Canada) - Improve training in skilled occupations or trades that have undergone technological change or whose scope has broadened. The Skills Training Infrastructure Program is provided through Employment Ontario, Ontario's employment and training network. Full program details are available on the Employment Ontario website at www.ontario.ca/employmentontario. In the March 2007 Ontario Budget, the McGuinty government announced a one-time investment of $25 million for skills training centres in Ontario. Investments through the program will replace existing or purchase additional/new training equipment to expand the capacity of a skills training centre to provide training and ensure that training meets industry standards. A first call for proposals resulted in an investment of $16.9 million in 53 projects, which was announced in June, 2007. Employment Ontario expands opportunities and strengthens Ontario's economy by providing seamless customer service, removing barriers to training and strengthening links to employment. Employment Ontario provides almost $1 billion in integrated training, apprenticeship and labour market services, bringing together approximately 1200 service providers in all regions of the province. For further information: Kevin Dove, Communications Branch, (416) 325-2746; Annette Phillips, Minister's Office, (416) 326-5748; Public Inquiries: (416) 325-2929 or 1-800-387-5514, TTY: 1-800-263-2892 HELP | CONTACT US | PRIVACY | IMPORTANT NOTICES © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2008-2009 — Last Modified: February 15, 2009 For further information: Kevin Dove, Communications Branch, (416) 325-2746; Annette Phillips, Minister's Office, (416) 326-5748; Public Inquiries: (416) 325-2929 or 1-800-387-5514, TTY: 1-800-263-2892