Ontario Upgrading Training Centres In Waterloo

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Ontario Upgrading Training Centres In Waterloo

Ministry of Colleges and Universities

McGuinty Government Building Training And Apprenticeship Opportunities
TORONTO, Feb. 20 /CNW/ -
NEWS
Ontario is helping training centres gear up to train more workers for the high-skilled jobs of the future.
The province is investing over $650,000 over the next three years in two training centres in Kitchener-Waterloo, through the Ontario Skills Training Enhancement Program (OSTEP).
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- The United Association of Plumbers, Steamfitters and Welders Local 527
Joint Training Committee in Waterloo will expand its training centre -
adding a second shop area and more classroom facilities.
- Central Ontario Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee in Kitchener
will upgrade its training centre and purchase equipment, including
green energy technology, for a test lab to improve the training
programs for electrical workers.
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Funding is part of the $2-billion Skills to Jobs Action Plan (www.fin.gov.on.ca/english/budget/fallstatement/2008/factsheet/index.html) that gives Ontarians a competitive edge by training for tomorrow's high-skilled jobs.
QUOTES
"OSTEP funding will help our industry partners invest in training and infrastructure to build the next generation of skilled tradespeople in Ontario," said Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities John Milloy (http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/general/biography/tcu_minister.html).
"Investing in both the Central Ontario JATC in Kitchener and UA Local 527 JTC in Waterloo gives our community a skills advantage," said Leeanna Pendergast, MPP for Kitchener-Conestoga.
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QUICK FACTS
- OSTEP is a cost-sharing program that encourages partnerships between
governments and industry to expand facilities and modernize equipment
to keep pace with new technological requirements of the skilled
trades.
- UA Local 527 will receive $500,000 and Central Ontario Joint
Apprenticeship Training Committee over $150,000 to help upgrade their
training facilities.
- 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