McGuinty Government Invests In London Training Centres



    New Call For Proposals To Train More Skilled Workers On Modernized
    Equipment

    LONDON, ON, Aug. 27 /CNW/ - The McGuinty government is helping train more
apprentices and skilled workers by modernizing equipment at local union
training centres, Chris Bentley, Minister of Training, Colleges and
Universities announced today at the LIUNA Local 1059 Regional Training Centre.
He was joined by Khalil Ramal, MPP London-Fanshawe, Deb Matthews, MPP London
North Centre, and Steve Peters, MPP Elgin-Middlesex-London.
    "We're on track to meet our goal of 26,000 new annual entrants into
apprenticeship - up from 19,000 when our government started," Bentley said.
"Unions and employers know which skills their workers need to get the job done
- and with up-to-date training equipment more workers can hit the ground
running."
    "We're moving Ontario forward together by expanding and upgrading
training centres," Peters said. "Investing in these training centres means
more opportunity for apprentices, workers and journeypersons to train in our
community."
    In London, the LIUNA Local 1059 Regional Training Centre received
$468,990 and the United Brotherhood of Carpenters Local 1946 Training Centre
received $171,264 to add equipment so they can train more apprentices and
improve the quality of training to keep pace with demand in the construction
industry.
    Employment Ontario's Skills Training Infrastructure Program has invested
$16.9 million to date to help 53 union, employer and union-employer training
centres replace or upgrade equipment. The funding will allow the centres to
keep pace with changing technological requirements and increase their ability
to train more apprentices, trainees and workers.
    "The government has recognized the current and future skills challenge
and has stepped up to address the issue," said Jim Mackinnon, Business Manager
of LIUNA Local 1059. "In partnership with union/management training centres,
they're providing the investment we need to do better and expand skills
training. Our employers and local union appreciate the government's support in
meeting our industry's needs."
    The government will invest up to an additional $8 million in 2007-08 in
the Skills Training Infrastructure Program for further projects. The call for
proposals is available at www.ontario.ca/employmentontario.
    Ontario has 500 union, employer and union-employer training centres,
providing thousands of apprentices with classroom training each year. Ontario
has Canada's largest apprenticeship training system.

    
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           UNION-EMPLOYER TRAINING CENTRES AND THE SKILLS TRAINING
                           INFRASTRUCTURE PROGRAM
    

    Through the Skills Training Infrastructure Program, the Ontario
government has invested $16.9 million in 2007-08 so that 53 union, employer
and union-employer training centres can replace or purchase new equipment to
help bring more workers, trainees, apprentices and journeypersons to industry
standard.
    In the March 2007 Ontario Budget, a one-time investment of $25 million
was announced for union-employer training centres in Ontario to replace
existing or purchase additional/new training equipment to expand skills
training capacity and training to industry standards.
    A call for proposals for further projects has now been circulated.
    The program focuses on trades and occupations that have experienced
significant technological change or a broadened scope. It encourages unions,
employers and the broader training community to work together by requiring
applicants to:

    
    -   Contribute a minimum of 25 per cent of the equipment purchase cost
    -   Have industry support for the upgrade or expansion.

    Projects are chosen through a call for proposals process. Consideration is
given to proposals that:

    -   Cover construction or Red Seal trades (these are trades that, under
        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
www.ontario.ca/employmentontario.
    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 about 1,200 service providers in all regions of the
province.

    
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For further information:

For further information: Sheamus Murphy, Minister's Office, (416)
325-7215; Tanya Blazina, Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities,
Communications Branch, (416) 325-2746; Public Inquiries: (416) 325-2929 or
1-800-387-5514, TTY: 1-800-263-2892

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