$600,000 for City School
Province Strengthens Partnerships Between Mohawk College and Regional Employers
April 19, 2018 (Hamilton, Ontario) - Mohawk College will work with 13 local employers to create customized training that connects at-risk individuals with in-demand jobs.
The partnerships are being funded with a $600,000 grant from the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development. Mohawk will conduct labour market analysis in partnership with the Mayor of Hamilton’s Blue Ribbon Task Force on Workforce Development, Workforce Planning Hamilton and the City’s Neighbourhood Action Strategy. Mohawk will then work with employers over the next three years to develop preparatory courses that address local skill shortages.
The employer-driven training will be delivered through Mohawk’s City School initiative. City School offers tuition-free college credit courses and workshops at the Eva Rothwell Centre in North Hamilton, the Central Public Library in downtown Hamilton and at a mobile classroom.
In 2016, the Province invested $1.6 million in City School to fund the custom-built mobile classroom and provide more programming to more people in the community.
Jay Robb, Director of Communications
"Everyone in Ontario should have access to high-quality training so they can find good jobs and support their families. This investment will help connect more people with exactly that kind of training, and I want to thank Mohawk College for being a partner in building a more skilled, adaptable workforce in Hamilton.”
“I am pleased to share this good news investment. Partnerships like this is about doing together what we can not do apart. Mohawk College has shown great leadership in developing and implementing a practical training collaborative, that fills gaps and addresses our most vulnerable right here in our neighborhoods. Congratulations to all.”
“This partnership of Mohawk College and the Province, flowing from recommendations of the Mayor’s Blue Ribbon Task Force on Workforce Development, will mean people from at-risk communities will get free, specially-designed training needed to take good-paying jobs, while at the same time helping to fill the skills gap identified by local employers. This is a win-win both for local employers and people seeking good-paying jobs to support their families.”
“Mohawk is committed to putting a college education within reach of everyone in our community through our City School initiative. Thanks to the Province, we will work with local employers to custom-build programs that connect at-risk individuals with in-demand, good-paying jobs here in Hamilton.”
Mohawk College educates and serves more than 30,000 full-time, part-time and apprenticeship students at three campuses in Hamilton, Ontario. Mohawk is among the leading colleges in Canada for applied research and is ranked number one for student and graduate satisfaction among colleges in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.