Ontario wants more apprentices

Province investing $21 million into three new programs, wants to see 26,000 new participants annually

The Ontario government is putting $21 million into boosting apprenticeship programs and hopes to see the number of new participants rise to 26,000 annually by 2007-08.

“The skilled trades are very attractive career options,” said Mary Anne Chambers, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities. “Apprenticeship provides opportunities for training and certification to enable individuals to pursue these very rewarding careers.”

The government is providing the funding to three programs that will provide innovative investments in apprenticeship training in 2004-05. It is calling for proposals that:

•expand access to apprenticeships by helping people develop their skills to the level required for training;

•update and expand training facilities in the college system; and

•ensure that apprenticeship classroom training is flexible, relevant and meets industry’s highest standards.

“An educated and skilled workforce is a competitive advantage and a key factor in investment decisions,” said Chambers. “In an ever-changing global economy, a highly skilled workforce will help Ontario attract new opportunities, build a prosperous economy and provide a higher quality of life for all.”

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