More Workers For High-Demand Trades

         McGuinty Government Supports Training And Apprenticeship In
                           The Greater Toronto Area

    TORONTO, Feb. 12 /CNW/ -


    Centennial College ( will be training
more apprentices to meet local demand for workers in the automotive
maintenance sector.
    Through the Apprenticeship Enhancement Fund, the college will modernize
training equipment and restructure its facilities so that training will keep
pace with technological changes in automotive maintenance. It will also help
the college train more apprentices.
    These upgrades are part of the $2-billion Skills to Jobs Action Plan,
which gives Ontarians a competitive edge by training for tomorrow's
high-skilled jobs in a greener economy.


    "Expanding apprenticeships will help more people train for tomorrow's
high-skilled jobs," said Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities John
Milloy (
    Skills training must stay current to build the skilled workforce we need
to strengthen Ontario's economy," said local MPP for the riding of Scarborough
Southwest, Lorenzo Berardinetti.
    "The path to a prosperous future involves training and education - at
least 70 per cent of all new jobs will require postsecondary education," said
Ann Buller, President of Centennial College. "This investment will help
Centennial prepare more apprentices to meet the exacting demands of the
automotive industry, and to adjust to a greener future."


    -   There are over 150 trades in the construction, industrial, motive
        power and service sectors that offer apprenticeships in Ontario.
    -   Ontario is providing $1.8 million over the next three years for
        Centennial College to update its School of Transportation.
    -   Centennial College is training about 3,000 apprentices this year.


    See how Ontario is helping apprentices
( and employers
    Explore what you can do after high school
    See Backgrounder "Apprenticeship Enhancement Fund."

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    Ontario launched the Apprenticeship Enhancement Fund (AEF) in 2001 to
help the province's colleges of applied arts and technology update training
equipment and facilities to industry standards.
    AEF helps college training programs meet the evolving needs of the
workplace by ensuring apprentices are skilled in the latest technology.
Provincial government funding helps colleges train more people and deliver
relevant, high-quality programs in support of Ontario's apprenticeship
    Through the AEF, the Ontario government is providing $40 million over the
next three years to 23 colleges for 25 projects to purchase state-of-the-art
equipment and modernize training equipment and facilities.

    Funding helps colleges:

    -   renovate existing facilities, including mobile apprenticeship
        training units
    -   replace existing equipment to meet industry standards and support
        greater enrolment
    -   purchase new equipment
    -   improve 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. Ontario's investment also supports improvements to other programs like
the Co-op Diploma Apprenticeship and Ontario Youth Apprenticeship, 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) 325-2764; Public Inquiries: (416)
325-2929 or 1-800-387-5514; TTY: 1-800-263-2892

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