Hydro One partners with four Ontario colleges to attract students to electricity sector

    TORONTO, Nov. 29 /CNW/ - Hydro One has entered into a partnership with
four Community Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology to attract and educate
the future employees of the electricity transmission and distribution utility
    The company will contribute up to $3 million for scholarships, program
development and equipment over four years to Algonquin College (Ottawa),
Georgian College (Barrie), Mohawk College (Hamilton) and Northern College
(Timmins) for programs that will train people as technicians, technologists
and trades positions in the electricity sector.
    "We are entering a period of significant demographic change in this
company and in this sector," said Laura Formusa, Hydro One President and CEO.
"Up to 30 per cent of our workforce is eligible for retirement in the next few
years providing opportunities for people entering the workforce. Partnering
with community colleges to train candidates for our trades is part of a
comprehensive strategy to meet our staffing needs well into the future."
    Hydro One has been conducting ambitious trades apprenticeship programs
for several years. Since 2002, more than 560 people have been hired into
apprentice jobs in power line technician, utility arborist, truck and coach
technician and electrician trades.
    In addition to scholarships and equipment donation, the multi-year
initiative will include funding for curriculum development. The project will
be managed by a Steering Committee with representatives from each of the four
colleges and Hydro One. Funding levels will be determined at various stages
throughout the project.

    Hydro One delivers electricity safely, reliably and responsibly to homes
and businesses across the province of Ontario and owns and operates Ontario's
29,000 kilometre high-voltage transmission network that delivers electricity
to large industrial customers and municipal utilities, and a 122,000 kilometre
low-voltage distribution system that serves about 1.3 million end-use
customers and smaller municipal utilities in the province. Hydro One is wholly
owned by the Province of Ontario.

For further information:

For further information: Hydro One Media Relations 24 hours a day at
1-877-506-7584 (toll-free in Ontario only) or (416) 345-6868,

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