Apprenticeship Enhancement Fund
Ontario launched the Apprenticeship Enhancement Fund (AEF) in 2001 to help the province's colleges of applied arts and technology update training equipment and facilities to industry standards.
AEF helps college training programs meet the evolving needs of the workplace by ensuring apprentices are skilled in the latest technology. Provincial government funding helps colleges train more people and deliver relevant, high-quality programs in support of Ontario's apprenticeship programs.
Through the AEF, the Ontario government is providing $40 million over the next three years to 23 colleges for 25 projects to purchase state-of-the-art equipment and modernize training equipment and facilities.
Funding helps colleges:
- renovate existing facilities, including mobile apprenticeship training units
- replace existing equipment to meet industry standards and support greater enrolment
- purchase new equipment
- improve accessibility for persons with disabilities.
This funding is part of the Apprenticeship Expansion announced in the 2008 Budget to expand the apprenticeship system and increase registrations and completion rates. Ontario's investment also supports improvements to other programs like the Co-op Diploma Apprenticeship and Ontario Youth Apprenticeship, and provides support for apprentices with disabilities.