February 19, 2016
Ontario is supporting growth in high-demand jobs in the Hamilton and Brantford areas by introducing more young people to careers in the skilled trades to help ensure Ontario's future workforce has the skills and training for the jobs of tomorrow.
Today, MPP Ted McMeekin is at Mohawk Stoney Creek Campus highlighting that the province is investing more than $4.5 million combined through the Apprenticeship Enhancement Fund and Pre-Apprenticeship Training programs to help the next generation of skilled tradespeople in the Hamilton and Brantford Regions access the training, equipment and facilities they need to prepare for the workforce.
As announced in the 2015 Budget, the province is investing a total of:
Improving training opportunities, equipment and facilities for apprentices in the Hamilton and Brantford areas is part of the government's plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan also includes investing in people's talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in the province's history and creating a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives.
"I’m thrilled that our government is making this major investment to ensure that our apprentices receive the highest standard of training. The improved equipment and training programs will give apprentices the hands-on experience they need to thrive in the skilled trades, and contribute to the local economy.”
– Ted McMeekin MPP, Ancaster Dundas Flamborough Westdale
"Our industry partners are counting on Mohawk to train the next generation of skilled tradespeople. Thanks to the continued support of the Government of Ontario, our faculty and staff deliver hands-on training to more than 4,000 apprentices every year. Apprentices at Mohawk learn from the best, train on the newest equipment and use the latest technology in labs that are among the best of any college in the country."
- Ron McKerlie, President of Mohawk College
“Our government always talks about the importance of Building Ontario Up, and our talented skilled tradespeople are literally doing that in every corner of our province, including the Hamilton and Brantford areas. Ontario’s apprenticeship training system, supported by employers, colleges and unions, is a crucial part of our plan to build the highly-skilled workforce we need to compete, and I’m proud that we are supporting so many projects that will bring new equipment and high demand training programs to the local markets that need it.”
– Reza Moridi, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities
"Congratulations to the many local organizations who have received provincial funding through the Apprenticeship Enhancement Fund or the Pre-Apprenticeship training program. These investments will help urban Aboriginal youth, young people with disabilities, women, and newcomers in the Brantford area get valuable employment training in their own community that will ultimately lay the foundation for future skilled employment."
-Dave Levac, MPP Brant
For further information, please contact Ted McMeekin MPP 905-690-6552
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