McGuinty Government Invests in Skills Training Centres



    Modernizing Union-Employer Training Centres For Up-to-date Training

    OAKVILLE, ON, June 25 /CNW/ - The McGuinty government is helping to train
more apprentices and skilled workers by modernizing equipment at
union-employer training centres, Chris Bentley, Minister of Training, Colleges
and Universities, and Kevin Flynn, MPP Oakville, announced today while
attending the grand opening of the new Ontario Sheet Metal Workers Training
Centre.
    "Oakville is solidifying its position as a leading centre for skills
training thanks to new support for the Sheet Metal Workers and Operating
Engineers," said Flynn. "By working together with industry and unions, we are
increasing the number of training spaces with modern new training equipment to
meet the needs of our growing economy."
    "We're moving Ontario forward together by expanding and upgrading
training centres," Bentley said. "Unions and employers know which skills their
workers need to get the job done - and with up-to-date training equipment more
workers can hit the ground running."
    Through the Skills Training Infrastructure Program, Ontario is investing
$25 million in 2007-08, including $16.9 million at this time so that 53 union,
employer and union-employer training centres can replace or upgrade equipment.
The funding will allow the centres to keep pace with changing technological
requirements and increase their ability to train more apprentices, trainees
and workers.
    In Oakville, the Ontario Sheet Metal Workers Training Centre will receive
$615,708.75 and the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 793
Training Centre will receive $1,987,500.00 to expand their ability to train
and meet current and projected industry needs.
    "By equipping our new Training Centre with additional state of the art
machinery and equipment, we can address the needs of both industry and labour
by training more apprentices, expand journeyperson upgrading, and provide more
health and safety training," said Kevin Rabishaw, Executive Director of the
Provincial Sheet Metal Workers Training Trust Fund. "Thank you to Minister
Bentley and MPP Kevin Flynn for their foresight to help us manage the
workforce challenge."
    "Training centres are key partners in the apprenticeship system and
important to the economic health of Ontario," said Mike Gallagher, Business
Manager of Operating Engineers Local 793. "These funds will enable us to
develop a safe, productive construction workforce to meet the increased demand
for skilled labour."
    Working together, Ontarians have created about 500 union, employer and
union-employer training centres that provide thousands of apprentices with
classroom training each year. Ontario has Canada's largest apprenticeship
training system.

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           UNION-EMPLOYER TRAINING CENTRES AND THE SKILLS TRAINING
                           INFRASTRUCTURE PROGRAM
    

    Through the Skills Training Infrastructure Program, the Ontario
government will invest $25 million in 2007-08, including $16.9 million at this
time to 53 union, employer and union-employer 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 or a broadened scope.
    The 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:
        -  Cover construction or Red Seal trades (these are trades that under
           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, a one-time investment of $25 million was
announced for union-employer training centres in Ontario to replace existing
or purchase additional/new training equipment to expand skills training
capacity and training to industry standards.
    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 about 1200 service providers in all regions of the province.

    Contact:
    Tanya Blazina
    Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities
    (416) 325-2746

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For further information:

For further information: Sheamus Murphy, Minister's Office, (416)
325-7215; Tanya Blazina, Communications Branch, (416) 325-2746; Public
Inquiries: (416) 325-2929 or 1-800-387-5514, TTY: 1-800-263-2892

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