Northern College in Timmins is devising a specialized program to help train 75 public administration employees in Northern Ontario municipalities.
The school received $487,000 in funding from the province’s Skills Catalyst Fund on Sept. 25 to support the endeavour.
Northern president Audrey J. Penner called the windfall a “vote of confidence” from the province in the college’s abilities to provide the expertise and experience needed for the job.
“We are tackling a skills area in municipal governance which is not typically afforded to the skills development category; in so doing we are filling a gap clearly identified by this sector,” Penner said in a news release.
“Talent will continue to be in need, and we are only too pleased to help deliver the skills needed for a new future.”
The training will be provided to employees around Sudbury and Sault Ste. Marie.
First launched in 2017, the Skills Catalyst Fund is an initiative of the Ministry of Colleges and Universities, and is designed to support innovative projects that test emerging ideas on how to tackle labour market challenges.