New Opportunities For Skilled Trades Students

    McGuinty Government Helps More Students Train For High-Demand Jobs

    TORONTO, June 23 /CNW/ -


    Ontario is opening more doors for students in the skilled trades. The
province will invest $35 million in Algonquin College
(, creating 600 spots for more students.
    The funding will help build a new centre dedicated to construction trades
and building sciences
( The
142,000-square-foot building will allow students to learn the latest
techniques in architecture, engineering and interior design.
    Ontario is facing a high demand for skilled trade workers. More than half
of existing workers will retire over the next 15 years. Graduates from
Algonquin will help meet the growing need for construction industry workers.
    The funding is part of the government's three-year $1.5-billion Skills to
Jobs Action Plan (


    "We have the right plan for our times. Investing in skills training for
our workers is the right thing to do for our families and for a stronger
Ontario economy," said Premier Dalton McGuinty.
    "Meeting the demand for highly-skilled workers in Ontario will strengthen
our economy and help improve everyone's quality of life," said Ottawa
West-Nepean MPP Jim Watson.


    -   This is the single largest contribution the province has given to
        Algonquin College.

    -   Ontario's construction industry provided 412,600 jobs in 2007 --
        6.3 per cent of the province's total employed workforce.

    -   More than 16,000 students are enrolled in full-time programs at
        Algonquin College.


    Learn how you can become an apprentice in Ontario

    Read about Ontario's new Second Career program

    Find out more about Ontario's colleges
( and universities

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