McGuinty Government Invests In Union-Employer Training Centres

    Meeting The Skills Training And Apprenticeship Needs Of The Economy

    WOODBRIDGE, ON, April 12 /CNW/ - The McGuinty government is making a
major investment that will help union-employer training centres modernize
equipment and train more workers, apprentices and journeypersons to industry
standards, Chris Bentley, Minister of Training, Colleges & Universities, and
Greg Sorbara, MPP Vaughan-King-Aurora announced today.
    "Today's investment will help more apprentices gain skills that will last
a lifetime," said Sorbara. "Ontario's new economic strength is being built on
access to quality postsecondary education and enhanced skills training."
    "Our unions and employers know exactly what skills their workers need to
get the job done," Bentley said. "That's why we're recognizing their training
expertise by investing in up-to-date learning equipment so they can hit the
ground running when they arrive in the workplace."
    Through the Skills Training Infrastructure Program, Ontario is making $25
million available in 2007-08 to enable union-employer training centres to
replace or upgrade equipment to meet industry standards. The funding will
allow the centres to keep pace with changing technological requirements,
encourage collaboration and leverage additional training resources from
industry partners.
    "This announcement recognizes the important contributions that unionized
labour and employers make in developing a highly skilled construction
workforce that can meet the demands of Ontario's economy," said Patrick
Dillon, business manager of the Provincial Building and Construction Trades
Council of Ontario. "The Skills Training Infrastructure Program will help
produce more highly skilled tradespeople, training apprentices and upgrading
journeypersons on the most technically advanced equipment available."
    Union-employer training centres are key partners in Ontario's
apprenticeship system, training thousands of apprentices each year.
    Bentley and Sorbara made today's announcement at the opening of the
Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program Conference being held by the Toronto
District School Board at Carpenters Union Local 27 Training Centre. The
McGuinty government is investing $8.25 million in the Ontario Youth
Apprenticeship Program in 2006-07, providing opportunity for 24,000 students.

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                           INFRASTRUCTURE PROGRAM

    Union-employer training centres respond to Ontario's need for more
skilled tradespeople.
    Through the new Skills Training Infrastructure Program, the Ontario
government will invest $25 million in 2007-08 for union-employer training
centres to replace or purchase new equipment to help bring more workers,
trainees, apprentices and journeypersons to industry standard. The program
focuses on trades that have experienced significant technological change or a
broadened scope.
    The program encourages unions, employers and the broader training
community to collaborate.
    Projects will be chosen through a call for proposals process. Full
program details and information about how to apply will be available soon.
    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 1200 service providers in all regions of the province.

    Tanya Blazina
    Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities

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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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