19
August
2011
|
07:31 PM
America/New_York

Ontario government investing $1.34 million to enhance apprenticeship training at Mohawk College

Apprenticeship funding 112
The Ontario government is investing $1,349,391 to further enhance the quality of apprenticeship training at Mohawk College. The Hon. Sophia Aggelonitis, Ontario Minister of Revenue, and Ted McMeekin, Member of Provincial Parliament, announced the apprenticeship enhancement funding earlier today in the new renewable energies lab at Mohawk's skilled trades campus in Stoney Creek.


Joining the announcement was Graham Browne, Vice President of Human Resources and General Administration for AcelorMittal Dofasco. ArcelorMittal Dofasco, which has invested $1 million in the transformation of Mohawk's skilled trades campus, is one of the largest apprenticeship trainers in Canada while Mohawk is the largest apprenticeship trainer among Ontario's 24 community colleges.


Mohawk President Rob MacIsaac thanked the Ontario government and said investing in the college's facilities pays immediate dividends. "Apprentices get to develop their skills using the newest equipment and the latest technology. They learn in state-of-the-art labs and classrooms. The quality of our facilities is fast approaching the outstanding calibre of our faculty, instructors and staff. That combination gives our apprentices a great education. And it gives employers a highly skilled and future ready workforce."


Piero Cherubini, Dean of Skilled Trades and Apprenticeships, hosted the announcement and said the biggest and best apprenticeship trainer among Ontario's colleges just got better thanks to the Ontario government's funding for new equipment, technology and facilities. Mohawk's newest apprentices are set to arrive at the college Aug. 29. "The timing of today's announcement couldn't have been any better," said Piero.