McGuinty Government Helps Women Newcomers Enter The Skilled Trades

    Creating Opportunity For Women And New Canadians Through Pre-

    TORONTO, April 4 /CNW/ - Women newcomers to Ontario are benefiting from
an opportunity to develop new skills that will help them gain employment in
the trades, Tony Ruprecht, MPP Davenport, said today.
    Ruprecht and Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities Chris
Bentley visited the Working Women Community Centre, where a pre-apprenticeship
training project run jointly with Carpenters Local 27 is providing training in
the general carpenter trade to up to 15 women, all of whom are new Canadians.
    The government is investing approximately $203,000 in the 24-week
project, which will include Level 1 apprenticeship training, language and job
search instruction and an eight-week job placement.
    "This project is an invaluable opportunity for immigrant women," said
Marcie Ponte, executive director of the Working Women Community Centre. "They
will gain hard skills and access to a job market that is often difficult for
women to enter."
    "We're enthusiastic about our new partnership with the Working Women
Community Centre and the Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities," said
Cristina Selva, director of training for Carpenters Local 27 Joint
Apprenticeship and Training Trust Fund Inc. "We'd like to thank the Toronto
Training Board for facilitating the partnership, and the government of Ontario
for recognizing the value of this unique program, which will help women
newcomers to Ontario launch rewarding careers in general carpentry while
helping address the skills shortage challenges currently facing our industry."
    Pre-apprenticeship training helps people develop the technical, academic
and employment skills they need to succeed in an apprenticeship for a skilled
trade. In 2006-07, Ontario is investing almost $8.2 million in 42 new projects
that will prepare people who want to become apprentices for training in
specific skilled trades.
    In addition, the Ontario Women's Directorate funds the Women in Skilled
Trades initiative, which has provided $4.6 million since 2003 to help hundreds
of low-income women develop new skills in the skilled trades, find employment
and achieve economic independence.
    "Our government has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to investing in
skills, learning and people to create the best workforce in North America,"
Bentley said. "And one of our highest priorities is helping newcomers succeed
in Ontario's labour market."

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    Pre-apprenticeship helps people who want a career in a specific skilled
trade by providing the technical training necessary to enter an apprenticeship
in that trade. Pre-apprenticeship programs can last up to 40 weeks and include
an eight-week work placement to give each participant real work experience.
    Many projects offer participants the opportunity to upgrade their
academic skills to meet the academic requirements for the trade in which they
are training. Participation in the program is free.
    This year, the Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program is providing
opportunities for 900 people to strengthen their skills and become eligible
for an apprenticeship in a specific skilled trade. The government is investing
almost $8.2 million in the program to support 42 projects in 20 trades.
    The Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program can be accessed through
Employment Ontario, Ontario's employment and training network. Employment
Ontario provides almost $1 billion in integrated training, apprenticeship and
labour market services, bringing together about 1,200 service providers in all
regions of the province.
    People interested in participating in the Pre-Apprenticeship Training
Program should call the Employment Ontario Hotline at 1-800-387-5656 for
details about individual projects.

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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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