Ontario Upgrading Training Centres In Waterloo



    McGuinty Government Building Training And Apprenticeship Opportunities

    TORONTO, Feb. 20 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    Ontario is helping training centres gear up to train more workers for the
high-skilled jobs of the future.
    The province is investing over $650,000 over the next three years in two
training centres in Kitchener-Waterloo, through the Ontario Skills Training
Enhancement Program (OSTEP).

    
    -  The United Association of Plumbers, Steamfitters and Welders Local 527
       Joint Training Committee in Waterloo will expand its training centre -
       adding a second shop area and more classroom facilities.
    -  Central Ontario Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee in Kitchener
       will upgrade its training centre and purchase equipment, including
       green energy technology, for a test lab to improve the training
       programs for electrical workers.
    

    Funding is part of the $2-billion Skills to Jobs Action Plan
(www.fin.gov.on.ca/english/budget/fallstatement/2008/factsheet/index.html)
that gives Ontarians a competitive edge by training for tomorrow's
high-skilled jobs.

    QUOTES

    "OSTEP funding will help our industry partners invest in training and
infrastructure to build the next generation of skilled tradespeople in
Ontario," said Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities John Milloy
(http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/general/biography/tcu_minister.html).
    "Investing in both the Central Ontario JATC in Kitchener and UA Local 527
JTC in Waterloo gives our community a skills advantage," said Leeanna
Pendergast, MPP for Kitchener-Conestoga.

    
    QUICK FACTS

    -  OSTEP is a cost-sharing program that encourages partnerships between
       governments and industry to expand facilities and modernize equipment
       to keep pace with new technological requirements of the skilled
       trades.
    -  UA Local 527 will receive $500,000 and Central Ontario Joint
       Apprenticeship Training Committee over $150,000 to help upgrade their
       training facilities.
    -  There are over 150 trades in the construction, industrial, motive
       power and service sectors that offer apprenticeships.

    LEARN MORE

    See how Ontario is helping apprentices
(http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/tcu/apprentices/services.html) and employers
(http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/tcu/employers/services.html).
    Explore what you can do after high school
(http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/tcu/students/).

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For further information:

For further information: Annette Phillips, Minister's Office, (416)
326-5748; 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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