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Ontario funding trades training in Hamilton

By Adam Freill   

Construction Labour Skills Development

Province providing over $3.6 million to train up to 3,800 workers for in-demand jobs in the skilled trades.

Up to 3,800 apprentices, journeypersons and jobseekers are going to get free training to build trades careers as millwrights, welders and electricians. The Ontario government, through the Skills Development Fund (SDF), is spending more than $3.6 million to help train individuals in four training projects and one building expansion project in Hamilton.

“Our government is giving workers in Hamilton the support and skills training they need to find good-paying, in-demand jobs,” said Premier Doug Ford. “By continuing to invest in our Skills Development Fund, including the brand-new SDF capital stream, we’re also helping build up Ontario’s labour force so we can support provincial businesses and attract new investment, better jobs and bigger paycheques for Ontario workers.”

The funding will be split between the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 105, the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America Local 1916 (operating as Millwright Local 1916), and the International Association of Bridge, Structural and Ornamental Iron Workers (IW) Local 736.

IBEW Local 105 is receiving $2,388,405 for two training projects to help a total of 80 unemployed or underemployed, disadvantaged or underrepresented people gain entry-level electrical skills and safety training as well as Red Seal electricians looking to upskill and obtain their welding certificate in Hamilton and the surrounding area.

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Millwright Local 1916 is receiving $797,953 for a project that will provide 125 millwrights, apprentices and journeypersons with training on the latest technology used on jobsites, including on optical levels and shaft alignment lasers. Training will also be provided to jobseekers, youth, women, recent immigrants and Indigenous peoples in Hamilton as well as Grey, Bruce, Brant and Waterloo counties.

Millwright Local 1916 is also receiving $248,338.86 for a project to build a new mezzanine level to improve its existing training centre in Hamilton. This will increase available training space by 15 to 20 per cent, growing Local 1916’s capacity for apprenticeship programs and training certifications for safety training and technical and leadership skills, including for welding and optical and laser alignment.

And IW Local 736 is receiving $178,460 for a project to help up to 50 ironworker apprentices, journeypersons, jobseekers, women, Indigenous peoples, youth and others gain welding skills and to support the purchase and outfitting of four new welding booths at its training facility.

“Ironworkers Local 736 is grateful for the support provided by the Ontario government and minister Piccini,” stated Steven Pratt, business manager, Ironworkers Local 736. “By ensuring access to essential resources and training, future ironworker apprentices, journeypersons, youth and jobseekers will benefit significantly. This investment will help Ontario’s resilient skilled trades workforce become even more stronger than ever.”

“As Ontario continues to grow, we need to attract more people into the skilled trades,” said David Piccini, the province’s minister of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development. “Our government has achieved impressive results for workers and jobseekers by working closely with labour and industry partners.”

It is projected that 500,000 additional workers will be needed in skilled trades-related occupations in Ontario over the next decade as the province moves forward with its plan to build more homes, highways and other key infrastructure across the province.

www.ontario.ca

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