Gearing Up For New Skills At Mohawk College



    McGuinty Government Expands Training Opportunities In Hamilton

    TORONTO, Aug. 20 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    More Hamilton-area students will get the skills they need to find good
jobs with help from the Ontario government.
    The province is investing $9.2 million in a new centre dedicated to
growing the number of skilled apprentices in Ontario's burgeoning
transportation industry. The Gerald Marshall
(http://www.mohawkcollege.ca/Explore/development/geraldMarshall/historyInforma
tion.html) Transportation Centre will house new equipment, labs and a shop
able to accommodate up to three full-sized tractor trailers. Students will
train for careers as auto mechanics, truck and coach technicians, and
servicers. The building's official opening is slated for September 2009.
    The centre is part of a larger renovation project that will transform
Mohawk's Stoney Creek campus into a major centre
(http://www.mohawkcollege.ca/Explore/development/geraldMarshall/starrtInstitut
e.html) for skilled trades training and apprenticeships. Once complete, the
new space will allow Mohawk to increase enrolment in skilled trades programs
to 870 a year. It will also grow apprenticeship opportunities in the region by
35 per cent - or more than 3,500 students a year.
    That growth will add more skilled tradespeople to Ontario's workforce
(http://www.2ontario.com/welcome/oo_000.aspNo.oolf). This will help
Ontario-based industries facing skilled labour shortages in areas such as
construction transportation stay ahead. It will also ensure the province
remains strong and prosperous despite a changing economy.

    QUOTES

    "The skilled trades are the place to be. We have the jobs, but we need
the people to fill them. Now, Mohawk College will be able to train more
students to go onto fulfilling careers," said Premier Dalton McGuinty.
    "We're investing in the skills and knowledge of our people so they can
work in high-paying, skilled jobs that will strengthen our economy and improve
everyone's quality of life," said Ted McMeekin, MPP
Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale.
    "This investment is great news for our community - it will create jobs in
the short-term and help students develop the skills they need to succeed in
the future," said Sophia Aggelonitis, MPP Hamilton Mountain.

    
    QUICK FACTS

    -  An apprentice is someone who learns a skilled trade on the job, under
       the direction of more experienced workers.

    -  Mohawk College trains 3,000 apprentices every year, making it one of
       Ontario's largest trainers of apprentices.

    -  Approximately 110,000 apprentices are currently learning a trade in
       Ontario.

    LEARN MORE

    Learn how you can become an apprentice
(http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/tcu/apprentices/) in Ontario.

    Exploring a second career? For more information on re-training support,
visit ontario.ca/secondcareer (http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/tcu/secondcareer/)
or call 1-800-387-5656.

    See a list of skilled trades
(http://199.71.28.118/eng/training/apprenticeship/skills/opportunities.asp),
plus the aptitudes, skills and education required for each one.
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