BELLEVILLE, ON, March 15, 2013 /CNW/ - At the Loyalist College Board of
Governors meeting, the College and The W. Garfield Weston Foundation
announced a three-year pilot project which will provide financial
support for students entering Skilled Trades programs.
Designed to attract students to Skilled Trades careers, the new W.
Garfield Weston Fellowship Program will offer tuition and bursary
incentives to help students train for and succeed in this growing
labour market. A total of $240,000 will be available during the
"Today we step into the future with Loyalist College to create a model
program to address Canada's great need for skilled workers," wrote
Eliza Mitchell, Chair of the Education Committee with The W. Garfield
Weston Foundation. "The W. Garfield Weston Foundation's commitment will
enable Loyalist College over the next three years to shape a program
that will help over 60 talented individuals to build lasting careers in
the skilled trades. It will provide incentives for students to go
beyond a one-year certificate to earn a diploma or complete
apprenticeship training, enabling them to turn a job into a career."
The pilot project will provide 30 post-secondary students and 30
apprentices with tuition credits from the College, and bursary funding
from The W. Garfield Weston Foundation to complete their education at
Loyalist over the next three years. The project will begin in the fall
"We fully expect that at the end of the three years, the Loyalist
program will be one that leads other Colleges forward in building a
stronger workforce," wrote Eliza Mitchell. "It is our pleasure to be
working with Loyalist in shaping this innovative program. Our family
Foundation has a long history of supporting students interested in
pursuing a College education. In the 1990s, we established the W.
Garfield Weston Scholars program, the first national scholarship
program for College students. Each year we are delighted to hear about
the 50 leading students who have been given the support they need to
attend their College of choice thanks to that program."
"We are very proud to partner with The W. Garfield Weston Foundation in
this initiative," said Loyalist President Maureen Piercy. "Support like
this is so important to bring focus to Skilled Trades education and
training. We applaud the directors for their vision and support in
establishing The W. Garfield Weston Foundation Fellowship Program.
Loyalist is committed to enhancing opportunities for individuals
interested in careers in Skilled Trades. We know that growing demands
for training of a highly skilled workforce will be met by programs such
as those taught in our Sustainable Skills, Technology and Life Sciences
The W. Garfield Weston Foundation is a private Canadian family foundation, established in the 1950s by
Willard Garfield Weston and his wife Reta. In 1924 Garfield inherited
his father's company and during his life established bakeries and other
successful enterprises throughout Canada and in many parts of the
world. Today, these businesses include the George Weston Limited and Loblaw Companies Limited, companies in food retailing,
processing and distribution. The founders believed that as the funds
are generated through the hard work and success of these Canadian
companies, grants should be given in Canada for the benefit of
Canadians. For three generations, The W. Garfield Weston Foundation has
maintained a family tradition of supporting charitable organizations
across Canada. Today the Foundation directs the majority of its funds
to projects in the fields of land conservation, education, and science
in Canada's North.
Loyalist College prepares students for a rewarding career by combining rigorous academic
standards with hands-on training from industry experts. Programs range
from apprenticeships and certificates to diplomas and post-graduate
studies. Loyalist offers more than 60 full-time programs and 77
university transfer agreements around the world. The best testament to
the College's value is from students, 97 percent of whom say they would
recommend Loyalist to a friend. Loyalist is committed to helping
students find great jobs, as well as supporting and enhancing the
economic and social development of all individuals in its communities.
For more information on Loyalist College, please visit www.loyalistcollege.com.
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SOURCE: Loyalist College
For further information:
Dianne Spencer, Executive Director, College Advancement & External Relations; (613) 969-1913, ext. 2235; email@example.com