Training Workers For High-Skill Jobs

    McGuinty Government Investing In Training and Apprenticeship In

    TORONTO, Feb. 17 /CNW/ -


    Ontario is helping training centres prepare more workers for high-skill
jobs of the future.
    The Ontario Skills Training Enhancement Program (OSTEP) is supporting the
expansion of the Interior Finishing Systems Training Centre in Woodbridge and
will help to purchase equipment for training workers in hazardous materials
and exterior insulated finishing systems.
    Ontario's investment is part of the $2-billion Skills to Jobs Action Plan
( that gives Ontarians a
competitive edge by enhancing skills and building places to learn.


    "OSTEP funding will help our industry partners invest in training and
infrastructure to build the next generation of skilled tradespeople in
Ontario. By investing in this training centre here in Woodbridge, we are
training people in high-demand trades that will give our community a skills
advantage," said Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities John Milloy
    "Ontario's building trades have always maintained a strong tradition of
investing in the skills and development of their members. Today's announcement
further extends their capacity to prepare a new generation for a changing
workplace," said Greg Sorbara, MPP for Vaughan.


    -   Ontario is investing more than $702,000 over the next three years in
        the Interior Finishing Systems Training Centre to help upgrade its
        training facilities.

    -   OSTEP is a cost-sharing program that encourages partnerships between
        governments and industry to expand facilities and modernize equipment
        for the skilled trades.

    -   Through OSTEP, Ontario's $15-million investment over three years has
        leveraged a $10.6-million investment from industry in state-of-the-
        art equipment and infrastructure.

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


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( and employers

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For further information:

For further information: Annette Phillips, Minister's Office, (416)
326-5748; 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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