McGuinty Government Investing In Skills Training In Kingston



    Apprentices And Skilled Workers To Benefit From Updated Skills Training
    Centres

    KINGSTON, ON, Jan. 11 /CNW/ - Five grants to four local skills training
centres will expand training in Kingston for apprentices, workers and
journeypersons, John Milloy, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities
announced today.
    "Kingston needs more skilled workers to keep its employers strong and the
local economy moving forward," Milloy said. "We're providing unions and
employers with resources to give workers the skills they need to help make a
more prosperous Ontario."
    Through the Skills Training Infrastructure Program, the Ontario
government is investing almost $25 million in 2007-08, including nearly
$7.9 million at this time so that 39 skills training centres can replace or
upgrade equipment.

    In Kingston, investments totalling $528,250 include:
    
    -  $349,352.74 to the LIUNA Local 247 Training Trust Fund
    -  $35,120.25 to the United Association Local 221, static training centre
    -  $30,579.75 to the United Association Local 221, mobile training centre
    -  $96,690.83 to the Greater Ontario Regional Council of Carpenters,
       Drywall and Allied Workers, Local 249, and
    -  $16,506.77 to Millwright Local 1410
    

    "Today's announcement is great news for the skilled trades in the
Kingston area," said John Gerretsen, MPP Kingston and the Islands. "By
investing in our local apprenticeship training centres we are creating more
opportunities for apprentices, workers and journeypersons to train right here
in our community."
    "This new investment by our provincial government demonstrates a
recognition of the importance of skilled trades to the growth, economic
development and sustainability of Greater Kingston," said Harvey Rosen, Mayor
of Kingston.
    "The government's investment in our training centre couldn't be more
timely," said Victor Claro, administrator of the LIUNA Local 247 training
trust fund. "Our industry is changing and we need to continue to provide
trades people and apprentices with training that will allow them to work more
effectively and maintain a high standard of safety. Eastern Ontario is
experiencing a construction boom and employers need skilled workers in all
sectors of the construction industry."
    The funding will allow skills training centres to keep pace with changing
technological requirements and train more apprentices, trainees and workers.
    This announcement follows one made in June that awarded $16.9 million to
update the facilities and equipment of 53 skills training centres.
    The McGuinty government is committed to helping workers and communities
adjust to competitive challenges. In the recently announced 2007 Ontario
Economic Update and Fiscal Review, the government further demonstrated this
commitment by announcing it will invest an additional $40 million this year in
skills development through Employment Ontario, its over $1-billion integrated
employment and training network. The government will also provide an
additional $5 million in 2007-08 to the Communities in Transition program.
This program helps communities facing significant challenges, such as the loss
of a major employer, build a successful future.

    
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                         SKILLS TRAINING CENTRES AND
                 THE SKILLS TRAINING INFRASTRUCTURE PROGRAM

    The Ontario government will invest $25 million in 2007-08, including
$7.9 million immediately in 39 skills training centres to replace or purchase
new equipment to help train more workers, apprentices and journeypersons. The
program focuses on trades and occupations that have experienced significant
technological change.
    The Skills Training Infrastructure Program encourages unions, employers
and the broader training community to work together by requiring applicants
to:

    -  Contribute a minimum of 25 per cent of the equipment purchase cost
    -  Have industry support for the upgrade or expansion.

    Projects were chosen through a call for proposals. Consideration was given
to proposals that:

    -  Serve the needs of construction or Red Seal trades (these are trades
       that through agreements among the provinces and territories allow
       certified skilled workers to work anywhere in Canada)
    -  Improve training in skilled occupations or trades that have undergone
       technological change or whose scope has broadened.
    

    The Skills Training Infrastructure Program is provided through Employment
Ontario, Ontario's employment and training network. Full program details are
available on the Employment Ontario website at
www.ontario.ca/employmentontario.
    In the March 2007 Ontario Budget, the McGuinty government announced a
one-time investment of $25 million for skills training centres in Ontario.
Investments through the program will replace existing or purchase
additional/new training equipment to expand the capacity of a skills training
centre to provide training and ensure that training meets industry standards.
A first call for proposals resulted in an investment of $16.9 million in 53
projects, which was announced in June.
    Employment Ontario expands opportunities and strengthens Ontario's
economy by providing seamless customer service, removing barriers to training
and strengthening links to employment. Employment Ontario provides almost
$1 billion in integrated training, apprenticeship and labour market services,
bringing together approximately 1200 service providers in all regions of the
province.

    
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For further information:

For further information: Annette Phillips, Minister's Office, (416)
326-5748; Kevin Dove, Communications Branch, (416) 325-2746; Public Inquiries:
(416) 325-2929 or 1-800-387-5514, TTY: 1-800-263-2892

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