More Workers For High Demand Trades

    McGuinty Government Supports Training And Apprenticeship In Sarnia

    TORONTO, Feb. 10 /CNW/ -


    Lambton College will be training more apprentices to meet the local
demand for workers in the construction sector and equipment maintenance.
    Through the Apprenticeship Enhancement Fund, the college will upgrade its
Skilled Trades Training Centre and create multi-use shops to offer training in
steamfitter/pipefitter, carpentry, electrician - construction and maintenance,
instrument control technician, mechanical technician/industrial maintenance.
    These upgrades are part of the $2-billion Skills to Jobs Action Plan
that gives Ontarians a competitive edge by training for tomorrow's
high-skilled jobs.


    "We're pleased to invest in skills training at Lambton College. Training
and equipment must stay current to build the skilled workforce we need to
strengthen Ontario's economy," said Minister of Training, Colleges and
Universities John Milloy

    "This investment is great news for the Sarnia Lambton community and
Lambton College - it means our Skill Trades Training Centre will expand its
capacity to develop skills locally to address the workforce demands in this
area, said Tony Hanlon, Lambton College President and CEO. "The centre helps
apprentices acquire the skills they need and enables journeypersons to upgrade
their existing skills thereby ensuring our community's workforce remains
highly competitive."


    -  There are over 150 trades in the construction, industrial, motive
       power and service sectors that offer apprenticeships in Ontario.

    -  The college is receiving $944,000 to upgrade its Skilled Trades
       Training Centre.

    -  Lambton College is training 660 apprentices this year.


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    The Apprenticeship Enhancement Fund (AEF) was launched in 2001 to help
Ontario colleges of applied arts and technology to update their equipment and
facilities to industry standards.
    AEF helps college training facilities to meet the evolving needs of the
workplace by ensuring apprentices are trained on the latest technology. The
fund helps colleges train more people and deliver relevant, high-quality
training in support of Ontario's workplace-based apprenticeship programs.
    Through the AEF, the Ontario government is providing $40 million over the
next three years to purchase state-of-the-art equipment and to modernize
hands-on training equipment and facilities to support in-school apprenticeship
training in the trades. This funding will support all colleges, as well as 25
specific projects at 23 colleges.

    That funding will cover:

    -  renovating existing facilities, including mobile apprenticeship
       training units
    -  replacing existing equipment to meet industry standards and support
       greater enrolment
    -  purchasing new equipment to support growth and improve efficiency
    -  improving accessibility for persons with disabilities.

    Apprenticeship Expansion

    This funding is part of the Apprenticeship Expansion announced in the
2008 Budget
to expand the apprenticeship system and increase registrations and completion
rates. That investment also supports enhancements to other programs like the
Co-op Diploma Apprenticeship and Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Programs, and
provides support for apprentices with disabilities.

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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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