More Workers for High-Demand Trades

         McGuinty Government Supports Training And Apprenticeship In

    TORONTO, Feb. 13 /CNW/ -


    Conestoga College will be training more apprentices and upgrading the
skills of youth looking for work to meet the local demand for workers in the
Kitchener-Waterloo area.
    Through the Apprenticeship Enhancement Fund, the college will modernize
facilities and purchase state-of-the-art equipment to train more apprentices
in the industrial, construction and motive power trades.
    Ontario is also helping provide greater access to skills training and job
opportunities for 40 students to study cook-culinary management at the
Waterloo campus through the Co-op Diploma Apprenticeship Program. This program
lets participants complete a college program and begin training as an
apprentice at the same time.
    In addition, the government is helping 48 unemployed youth strengthen
their trade-related skills to prepare them for successful apprenticeships in
the truck-trailer and brick and stone mason trades. Pre-apprenticeship
training helps prospective apprentices develop trade-specific knowledge, job
readiness skills and employment experience.
    The funding is 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 a wide range of skills training at Conestoga
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
    "This is wonderful news for Conestoga College and the local industries
that need more skilled workers. Expanding apprenticeships will help more
people train for tomorrow's high-skilled jobs," said Leeanna Pendergast, MPP
for Kitchener-Conestoga.
    "Conestoga is one of Ontario's largest, most dynamic centres for
apprenticeship education. The funds being provided under the apprenticeship
enhancement program raise the training quality standards for students and
their employers, and provide further proof that apprenticeship is an
indispensable third pillar of higher education in the province," said John
Tibbits, president of Conestoga College.


    -   Ontario is providing more than $3.6 million for these latest program
        developments at Conestoga College, including: $2.1 million to
        modernize facilities and equipment, $1.1 million for the co-op
        diploma program in cook-culinary management and $470,000 to help 48
        youth looking for work prepare for apprenticeships

    -   Conestoga College is training over 4,700 apprentices in 21 trades
        this year.


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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) 325-2746; Public Inquiries, (416)
325-2929 or 1-800-387-5514; TTY, 1-800-263-2892

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