Giving Women Opportunities to Achieve Economic Independence
BURLINGTON, ON, March 27 /CNW/ - Minister Responsible for Women's Issues
Sandra Pupatello today announced more than $1.2 million to help low-income
women develop new skills, find employment and achieve economic independence.
"This is a great time to be entering the skilled trades, as demand is
high and will increase even more due to large numbers retiring from the
industry," said Minister Pupatello. "That's why our government is investing in
programs, like WIST, to create opportunities for women in fields where there
is growing demand."
The Women in Skilled Trades program will fund five training programs
across the province to help low-income women gain a foothold in the lucrative
skilled trades sector. This year, women will receive instruction in trades
such as welding, carpentry, landscaping, construction, industrial/metal
working and mechanical/motive power at training institutions in Sudbury,
Burlington, Waterloo, Thunder Bay, Dryden, Kenora and Hamilton.
The Centre for Skills Development and Training in Burlington received
$200,095 in funding and is delivering an enhanced general carpentry program in
partnership with the Residential Construction Council of Central Ontario,
which has been a supporter of the centre's construction programs for many
years. The program includes 30 weeks of in-class and on-the-job training, and
a 16-week work placement.
"The Centre is thrilled once again to have the opportunity to deliver an
enhanced general carpentry program under the Women in Skilled Trades
initiative," said Kathy Mills, Chief Administrative Officer, Centre for Skills
Development and Training. "We work closely with our construction industry
partners to ensure that women graduate with the skills necessary to meet the
demand for well-trained, well-qualified workers in the construction industry."
"The Centre makes a great contribution to the community by delivering the
WIST program," said Kevin Flynn, MPP Oakville, who participated in today's
announcement. "Congratulations to the students who are embarking on a new
career and a path to economic independence."
Mike Holmes, star of Holmes on Homes and an employer of WIST graduates,
participated in today's announcement, "As a contractor for over 20 years, I
know how important it is to give people the proper training to do things
right. I employ two WIST graduates who are excellent workers because of the
great job the Centre does in preparing its students. Congratulations to the
Ontario government for supporting this program and helping women get into the
Including this year's funding, the McGuinty government has provided a
total of more than $4.6 million since 2003 to train hundreds of women through
the Women in Skilled Trades program.
Other government initiatives to promote women's economic independence
- Investing $2.7 million over two years to provide information
technology training for low-income women
- Investing $4 million over two years to 10 Employment Training
Pilot Programs that offer skills training, education, support and
counselling to vulnerable women.
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MCGUINTY GOVERNMENT INVESTS IN
FIVE NEW TRAINING PROGRAMS FOR WOMEN IN THE SKILLED TRADES
The Women in Skilled Trades (WIST) program will provide $1.2 million for
five training programs across the province to help low-income women prepare to
work in the skilled trades sector, such as welding, carpentry, landscaping,
construction, industrial/metal working and mechanical/motive power. The
program will be delivered at training institutions in Burlington, Hamilton,
Sudbury, Thunder Bay, Dryden, Kenora and Waterloo.
The Centre for Skills Development and Training will receive
$200,095 to deliver training to 22 women in enhanced general
carpentry. The program includes 30 weeks of in-class and on-the-
job training, and a 16-week work placement.
The Centre for Skills Development and Training
860 Harrington Court
Burlington, ON L7N 3N4
Tel: (905) 333-3499 ext. 121
Fax: (905) 634-2775
AAT School Hamilton Inc. will receive $290,159 to deliver training
in landscaping to 20 women in Hamilton. The program includes 30
weeks of in-class and on-the-job training, and a 10-week work
AAT School Hamilton Inc.
41 Stuart St.
Hamilton, ON L8L 1B5
Name: Leslie Waychison
Tel.: (905) 521-1121
Fax: (905) 521-8169
Collège Boréal will receive $194,490 to deliver training in
welding to 12 women in Sudbury. The program includes 30 weeks of
in-class training and a 10-week work placement.
21, boulevard Lasalle
Sudbury, ON P3A 6B1
Tel.: (705) 560-6673 ext. 3035
Fax: (705) 521-6007
- Thunder Bay, Kenora and Dryden
Confederation College will receive $314,885 to deliver a
multi-skills training program to 36 women in Thunder Bay, Kenora
and Dryden. The women will be trained in fields including:
construction, industrial/metal working and mechanical/motive
power. The program includes 22 weeks of in-class training and an
eight-week work placement.
P.O. Box 398, 1450 Nakina Dr.
Thunder Bay, ON P7C 4W1
Tel.: (807) 475-6370
Fax: (807) 626-9584
Conestoga College will receive $299,953 to deliver general
carpentry training to 23 women in Waterloo. The program includes
28 weeks of in-class training and a 10-week work placement.
Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning
108 University Ave. E.
Waterloo, ON N2J 2W2
Tel.: (519)885-0300 ext. 252
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For further information:
For further information: Phil DeMont, Minister's Office, (416) 325-6706;
Karen Ras, Communications Branch, (416) 314-7012