McGuinty Government Helps Low-Income Women Enter the Skilled Trades



    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
trades."
    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
include:

        -  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.

        -  Burlington

           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.

           Contact information:

           Ecaterina Jallad
           The Centre for Skills Development and Training
           860 Harrington Court
           Burlington, ON L7N 3N4

           Tel: (905) 333-3499 ext. 121
           Fax: (905) 634-2775
           Email: jallade@thecentre.on.ca

        -  Hamilton

           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
           placement.

           Contact information:

           Leslie Waychison
           AAT School Hamilton Inc.
           41 Stuart St.
           Hamilton, ON L8L 1B5

           Name: Leslie Waychison
           Tel.: (905) 521-1121
           Fax: (905) 521-8169
           Email: lesliew@aat-school.ca

        -  Sudbury

           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.

           Contact information:

           Anne Ouellette
           Collège Boréal
           21, boulevard Lasalle
           Sudbury, ON P3A 6B1

           Tel.: (705) 560-6673 ext. 3035
           Fax: (705) 521-6007
           Email: anne@borealc.on.ca

        -  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.

           Contact information:

           Janet Arinobu

           Confederation College
           P.O. Box 398, 1450 Nakina Dr.
           Thunder Bay, ON P7C 4W1

           Tel.: (807) 475-6370
           Fax: (807) 626-9584
           Email: arinobu@confederationc.on.ca

        -  Waterloo

           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.

           Contact information:

           Tanja Gancevich
           Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning
           108 University Ave. E.
           Waterloo, ON N2J 2W2

           Tel.: (519)885-0300 ext. 252
           Fax: (519)884-8736
           Email: tanjag@conestogac.on.ca

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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

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