"Our plan is to build an economy based on high skills and high standards," Chambers said. "An important part of achieving that goal is strengthening our greatest competitive advantage: the skills and expertise of Ontario's workers."
"This investment shows the McGuinty government's commitment to creating a truly dynamic, innovative, and competitive workforce in Ontario," said Joseph Cordiano, Minister of Economic Development and Trade. "Our plan gives Ontario's workers the tools and skills they need to build exciting futures, with the high quality and high paying jobs they deserve."
The province is providing $37 million to Ontario's apprenticeship system to:
"Thanks to provincial government support, George Brown College can expand its ability to serve local employers wanting to train their skilled workers and provide more opportunities for people to pursue rewarding careers in the skilled trades," said Joy McKinnon, dean, faculty of technology, George Brown College.
The announcement builds upon the government's previous initiatives to offer an apprenticeship training tax credit for employers to cover a portion of the wages of new apprentices and to provide 1,500 scholarships of $1,000 each to students who have left high school then returned to graduate and enter an apprenticeship program.
"Apprenticeship training is a very attractive career option for our young people to consider, along with a college and university education," said Chambers. "By strengthening our apprenticeship system we are building the strong economy Ontario needs for continued prosperity."
Publication date: 04/25/2005