Province spends $36,000 on skilled trade apprenticeships

The Tech­nical Training Group from this area will receive $36,840 to train more apprentices, train­ees, and workers Perth-Well­ington MPP John Wilkinson announced on Jan. 25.
The provincial government grant will provide modern elec­trical and construction shop faci­lities at St. Michael Catho­lic Secon­dary School.
“Investing in people and skills is a cornerstone of the provincial government’s eco­no­mic strategy,” Wilkinson said.
 “I am grateful for the support of my colleague … John Milloy, Minister of Train­ing, Colleges and Universities for providing more opportunity for apprentices, workers, and journeypersons to train in our own community.”
Funding for the school will provide adult evening classes in pre-apprenticeship electrical and carpentry and construction craft trades starting in Septem­ber. The money will increase the number of people wanting to develop or upgrade their workplace skills to industry requirements at the local level.
“This funding will provide us with the equipment and will enhance the facilities to pro­vide skills training to the elec­trical  and related trades … which benefits our employers and community,” said Tim Mar­tens, Ontario youth appren­ticeship program-project lead­er. 
Through the Skills Training Infrastructure Program, Onta­rio is spending $25-million in 2007-08, including $7.9 -milli­on at this time in 39 skills training centres to replace or upgrade equipment. The fund­ing will allow the centres to keep pace with changing technological requirements and increase their ability to train more apprentices, trainees and workers.
This announcement follows one made in June that awarded $16.9-million to update the facilities and equipment of 53 skills training centres.
“Working together we make things better,” said Wilkinson.
Wellington County residents who want to take advantage of the program can contact Tim Martens, or the Huron Perth Catholic District School Board, at 519-345-2440, extension 328, fax 519-345-2449, or email tim_mar­tens­@hpcdsb.­