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Creating Training and Job Opportunities in Eastern Ontario

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Creating Training and Job Opportunities in Eastern Ontario

Province supporting new training partnership in Prescott, Brockville and Gananoque

JOHNSTOWN — Ontario's Government is helping the manufacturing sector in Eastern Ontario attract workers. The Brockville-based Employment and Education Centre will lead an innovative skills training project in close cooperation with employers in the region.

The SkillsAdvance Ontario project will help 50 unemployed participants gain the skills and work experience needed by manufacturing employers in Prescott, Brockville and Gananoque.Brockville's Employment and Education Centre will partner with their Employment Ontario counterparts in Gananoque and Prescott (i.e., KEYS Job Centre and CSE Consulting), the economic development offices from Brockville, Gananoque, Prescott and the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville, St. Lawrence College and local employers to create a sector-specific skills curriculum, wrap-around supports and paid job placements for the trainees. Training for the first cohort of participants is expected to begin in September 2019.   

"I'm glad to see local educators, trainers and employers stepping up to create opportunities in Prescott, Brockville and Gananoque. Through this project, we're giving 50 people a fair shot at leaving unemployment and gaining good, permanent jobs," said Steve Clark, MPP for Leeds—Grenville—Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes. "And I'm proud that our government supports this effort."

"SkillsAdvance Ontario projects are designed to help both businesses and jobseekers in a region," said Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities. "When you tailor a training curriculum around the needs of local employers and offer effective employment supports for the participating trainees, you can achieve outcomes that make a difference."

Quick Facts

  • Ontario is supporting the SkillsAdvance Ontario project “Pathways to Production” with $500,000 over one year.
  • There are currently 20 active SkillsAdvance Ontario projects across Ontario, seven of them in the steel, aluminum or manufacturing sector.
  • Steel and aluminum production is a vital industry sector for Ontario. The province has the highest share of Canada’s steel and aluminum production.
  • The Employment and Education Centre is one of more than 300 Employment Ontario partners across Ontario.
  • The Employment Ontario network offers a range of services and supports that help businesses find talent and connect jobseekers to training and job opportunities.

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