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McGuinty Government Helps Build Highly Skilled Workforce

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McGuinty Government Helps Build Highly Skilled Workforce

Expanded Apprenticeship Programs A Real, Positive Change For Ontarians

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TORONTO -- Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty today said his government is helping to build a prosperous economy and create North America's best-educated, most highly skilled workforce by investing nearly $18 million in Ontario's apprenticeship training programs.

"Our government is committed to building a strong and prosperous economy by developing our single greatest advantage: our people," said Premier McGuinty. "These apprenticeship programs will provide Ontarians with more opportunities to enter challenging and well-paid careers in skilled trades."

Today's announcement will benefit approximately 28,000 apprentices from across the province by helping colleges update their classrooms and equipment, develop new training materials and provide flexible alternatives such as distance education. It means that people training to be cooks, cabinetmakers, welders, automotive service technicians and others will be able to learn on the most up-to-date equipment, study cutting-edge technology and have access to new teaching techniques.

"We must rank ourselves with the world's best," said Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, Mary Anne Chambers. "Not just because that's a goal we can achieve, but because every day of the year we are competing head-to-head with the world's best for new investments and jobs."

"We won't let skills shortages hold our economy back. The best workers will attract the best jobs with the highest pay, and our goal is to build the best workforce in North America," said Premier McGuinty. "Together we can build a prosperous economy, one that gives all Ontarians a quality of life that's second to none."

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