Skilled Trades Training Hits The Road
McGuinty Government Helps Cambrian College Provide Training In Remote Areas
Cambrian College is taking some of its skilled trades training programs on the road.
With support from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC), Cambrian College will establish a mobile skilled trades training division and purchase equipment for a mobile training trailer. This innovative new approach toward technical training will enable the college to reach students living in more remote areas and Aboriginal communities of the North who might not otherwise be able to access highly specialized skills training.
The first of its kind in Northern Ontario, the custom-built 53-foot trailer will be equipped to provide hands-on instruction facilities. This project will result in the creation of three permanent jobs, including a project coordinator and two technologists.
Education and job creation are important components of the Open Ontario Plan.
- The NOHFC is providing $376,400 toward technical training and equipment for Cambrian College's recent acquisition of a mobile training trailer. The NOHFC Infrastructure and Community Development Program is part of the Open Ontario plan to create jobs and opportunities in Northern Ontario.
- Students will receive skills training as millwrights, machinists, gasfitters, pipefitters, welders, electricians and plumbers.
- The mobile unit is fully plumbed and wired, and comes complete with state-of-the-art equipment such as drill presses, a hoist, welders, rigging, and power and hand tools. Up to 12 students at a time can be accommodated.
“By providing this method of learning to those who wouldn't otherwise have access to skilled trades training, Cambrian College is enabling students in remote areas to acquire the skills needed to earn well-paying jobs.”
“Our investment in this unique program is an investment in employment opportunities for northerners and will ultimately help foster the future growth and economic prosperity of the North.”