BARTOLUCCI ANNOUNCES SKILLS TRAINING SUPPORT FOR WOMEN IN SUDBURY
“Our government continues to support job training for women in growth sectors.”
Sudbury– The provincial government is providing $262,000 to help women in Greater Sudbury and Timmins gain new skills to prepare them for jobs in the skilled trades sector, Sudbury MPP Rick Bartolucci announced today.
Through Ontario’s Women in Skilled Trades and Information Technology (WIST/IT) training program, the province is supporting Collège Boréal’s Industrial Millwright/Machinist program. WSIT offers low-income women with in-class training, followed by a work placement with an employer.
“Our government is proud to support this program which helps women in our community start new careers in better-paying jobs,” said Bartolucci. “This program acknowledges there are barriers that women face when entering male-dominated occupations and is helping women in our community learn the skills employers are looking for.”
Providing job training for low-income women supports the government’s economic plan that is creating jobs for today and tomorrow. The comprehensive plan and its six priorities, specifically skills training, focus on Ontario’s greatest strengths — its people and strategic partnerships.
“Collège Boréal is pleased to partner with the province of Ontario to ensure that women have access to the tools they need to become full-fledged members of the skilled workforce,” stated Pierre Riopel, President of Collège Boréal. “This funding will be used to nurture the hopes and aspirations of as many women as we can, helping them reach their full potential and contribute to the future economy of Northern Ontario.”
“Skills trainingmust stay current to help build the skilled work force we need to strengthen our province’s economy,” concluded Bartolucci. “Through this program, more women will be given the tools they need to gain employment and build a positive future for themselves and their families.”
§ Ontario is providing $4.2 million over three years for the Women in Skilled Trades and Information Technology training program offered across the province.
§ Through this training program, Ontario has helped train over 2,100 women through the program since 2003.
§ Eight out of ten women who have graduated from this training program find employment, or pursue further training or apprenticeships, within six months of graduating.
§ Two training programs targeted at Francophone women and four programs targeted at Aboriginal women, are being offered in nine locations across the province.
· Women’s participation in apprenticeship training is on the rise with women representing 19 per cent of apprentices in Ontario. However, women remain under-represented in apprenticeship trades that have been traditionally male-dominated, such as carpentry, horticulture, plumbing and welding.
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