Published on: 2/19/2013 1:33:31 PM Print | Font Sizes:  Normal Text Large Text

Sudbury colleges get apprenticeship funding

By: Northern Ontario Business staff

Sudbury’s two colleges have received more than $300,000 in provincial funding to assist in providing students with pre-apprenticeship training.

Cambrian College will receive $208,131 in partnership with Gezhtoojig Employment and Training, and Collège Boréal will receive $136,427 in partnership with Option Emploi and ACE.

The funding, which comes through the government’s Pre-Apprenticeship Training program, will help individuals develop trade-specific knowledge, job skills and employment experience to start an apprenticeship in carpentry.
“We’re pleased that the provincial government has put this funding in place to help bring students training that they need, in their local communities,” said Cambrian President Sylvia Barnard. “This investment is helping carpentry students to learn practical skills and techniques, which are necessary for rapid entry into the workforce, or to pursue further training and education. These graduates will help to meet industry demand in northern Ontario, which is also going to encourage business growth in our region.”

Participation in pre-apprenticeship is free, along with any required textbooks, safety equipment and tools. There are more than 150 trades in the construction, industrial, motive power and service sectors that offer apprenticeships, and about 120,000 apprentices are learning a trade today – nearly 60,000 more than in 2003.

“Thanks to our expertise working in the field with industries and employers throughout the province, the apprentice carpenters will be well trained to fill the need in manpower and contribute directly to the economic growth in their regions,” added Denis Hubert-Dutrisac, president of Collège Boréal.

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