Training Workers For High-Skill Jobs

Archived Release

Training Workers For High-Skill Jobs

Ministry of Colleges and Universities

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McGuinty Government Investing In Training and Apprenticeship In
Woodbridge
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TORONTO, Feb. 17 /CNW/ -
NEWS
Ontario is helping training centres prepare more workers for high-skill jobs of the future.
The Ontario Skills Training Enhancement Program (OSTEP) is supporting the expansion of the Interior Finishing Systems Training Centre in Woodbridge and will help to purchase equipment for training workers in hazardous materials and exterior insulated finishing systems.
Ontario's investment is part of the $2-billion Skills to Jobs Action Plan (http://webx.newswire.ca/click/?id=3578cd385b3df94) that gives Ontarians a competitive edge by enhancing skills and building places to learn.
QUOTES
"OSTEP funding will help our industry partners invest in training and infrastructure to build the next generation of skilled tradespeople in Ontario. By investing in this training centre here in Woodbridge, we are training people in high-demand trades that will give our community a skills advantage," said Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities John Milloy (http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/general/biography/tcu_minister.html).
"Ontario's building trades have always maintained a strong tradition of investing in the skills and development of their members. Today's announcement further extends their capacity to prepare a new generation for a changing workplace," said Greg Sorbara, MPP for Vaughan.
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QUICK FACTS
- Ontario is investing more than $702,000 over the next three years in
the Interior Finishing Systems Training Centre to help upgrade its
training facilities.
- OSTEP is a cost-sharing program that encourages partnerships between
governments and industry to expand facilities and modernize equipment
for the skilled trades.
- Through OSTEP, Ontario's $15-million investment over three years has
leveraged a $10.6-million investment from industry in state-of-the-
art equipment and infrastructure.
- There are over 150 trades in the construction, industrial, motive
power and service sectors that offer apprenticeships.
LEARN MORE
See how Ontario is helping apprentices (http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/tcu/apprentices/services.html) and employers (http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/tcu/employers/services.html).
Explore what you can do after high school (http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/tcu/students/).
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For further information: Annette Phillips, Minister's Office, (416) 326-5748; Tanya Blazina, Communications Branch, (416) 325-2746; Public Inquiries, (416) 325-2929 or 1-800-387-5514, TTY 1-800-263-2892