McGuinty Government Investing In Skills Training In Hamilton

    Apprentices And Skilled Workers To Benefit From Updated Skills Training

    HAMILTON, ON, Jan. 7 /CNW/ - The McGuinty government is investing in
three local skills training centres to help apprentices, workers and journey
persons develop their skills, John Milloy, Minister of Training, Colleges and
Universities announced today.
    "Hamilton needs more skilled workers to keep its employers strong and its
economy moving forward," Milloy said. "We're providing unions and employers
with resources to give workers the skills they need to help make a more
prosperous Ontario."

    In Hamilton, investments include:

    -   $155,501.25 to the Dofasco Learning and Development Centre
    -   $69,696.75 to the Ironworkers Local 736 training centre, and
    -   $34,453.06 to the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners,
        Local 18 training centre

    "This investment is good news for Hamilton." said Sophia Aggelonitis, MPP
for Hamilton Mountain. "It will ensure that Hamilton has the necessary tools
to keep up with today's changing technology."
    "It's not enough to talk about jobs and a sustainable economy," said Ted
McMeekin, MPP for Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale. "We must strive to be
realistic and always prepared to do what it takes to equip our workforce with
the knowledge and the tools required for success. Our announcement today and
the partnerships it nurtures will strengthen our capacity to build a better
and more competitive economy."
    "Investment by the Ontario government is vital to help our Local buy the
equipment to ensure that experienced workers, apprentices and people who want
careers in construction trades will be trained to be safe, effective and
highly skilled trades people," said Doug Smees, business manager for
Ironworkers Local 736. "As our membership ages, and with the increased demand
for skilled ironworkers, we will need to train 250 new people in the next two
years and keep our members competitive with new technologies."
    The funding will allow skills training centres to keep pace with changing
technological requirements and train more apprentices, trainees and workers.
    This announcement follows one made in June that awarded $16.9 million to
update the facilities and equipment of 53 skills training centres.
    The McGuinty government is committed to helping workers and communities
adjust to competitive challenges. In the recently announced 2007 Ontario
Economic Update and Fiscal Review, the government further demonstrated this
commitment by announcing it will invest an additional $40 million this year in
skills development through Employment Ontario, its nearly $1-billion jobs and
training strategy. The government will also provide an additional $5 million
in 2007-08 to the Communities in Transition program. This program helps
communities facing significant challenges, such as the loss of a major
employer, build a successful future.

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                         SKILLS TRAINING CENTRES AND

    The Ontario government will invest $25 million in 2007-08, including
$7.9 million immediately in 39 skills 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.
    The Skills Training Infrastructure Program encourages unions, employers
and the broader training community to work together by requiring applicants

    -   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:

    -   Serve the needs of construction or Red Seal trades (these are trades
        that through 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
    In the March 2007 Ontario Budget, the McGuinty government announced a
one-time investment of $25 million for skills training centres in Ontario.
Investments through the program will replace existing or purchase
additional/new training equipment to expand the capacity of a skills training
centre to provide training and ensure that training meets industry standards.
A first call for proposals resulted in an investment of $16.9 million in
53 projects, which was announced in June, 2007.
    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 approximately 1200 service providers in all regions of the

For further information:

For further information: Kevin Dove, Communications Branch, (416)
325-2746; Annette Phillips, Minister's Office, (416) 326-5748; Public
Inquiries: (416) 325-2929 or 1-800-387-5514, TTY: 1-800-263-2892

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