Investing in upgrading training centres

    McGuinty Government Building Training And Apprenticeship Capacity In

    TORONTO, Feb. 10 /CNW/ -


    Ontario is helping training centres gear up to train more workers for
high-skilled jobs of the future.
    Over the next three years, two training centres in Sarnia will upgrade
their training centres through the Ontario Skills Training Enhancement Program

    -  LIUNA Local 1089 will renovate and expand its training facility, and
       purchase equipment to provide training and meet increasing demand for
       construction craft workers. This expanded facility will allow for year
       round indoor training independent of weather conditions.

    -  Boilermakers Local 128 will construct a shop for training, including
       purchasing welding booths. Funding will also be used to purchase
       equipment to provide training for the boilermaker trade.

    Funding is part of the $2-billion Skills to Jobs Action Plan
( that gives Ontarians a
competitive edge by training them for tomorrow's high-skilled jobs.


    "OSTEP funding will help our industry partners invest in training and
infrastructure to build the next generation of skilled trades people in
Ontario. By investing in both the LIUNA and the Boilermakers training centres
here in Sarnia, we are training people in high demand trades that will give
this community a skills advantage," said Minister of Training, Colleges and
Universities John Milloy


    -  Ontario Skills Training Enhancement Program (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.
    -  Through this program, the government's $15-million investment over
       three years has leveraged a $10.6-million investment from industry in
       state-of-the-art equipment and infrastructure.
    -  In fact, since 2001, Ontario has provided funding for apprenticeship
       programs at union, employer and union-employer training centres.
    -  LIUNA Local 1089 is receiving nearly $530,000 and Boilermakers Local
       128 over $733,000 to help upgrade their training facilities.
    -  There are over 150 trades in the construction, industrial, motive
       power and service sectors that offer apprenticeships.


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For further information:

For further information: Emily Durst, Minister's Office, (416) 326-1628;
Greg Flood, Communications Branch, (416) 325-2746; Public Inquiries, (416)
325-2929 or 1-800-387-5514; TTY 1-800-263-2892

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