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Ontario invests $4.5 million to help skilled trades in Hamilton and Brantford

Ontario is investing more than $4.5 million to help the next generation of skilled tradespeople in the Hamilton and Brantford Regions access the training, equipment and facilities they need to prepare for the workforce.

The Hon. Ted McMeekin, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing and MPP for Ancaster Dundas Flamborough Westdale, made the announcement this morning in the Sustainable Resource Centre at Mohawk's Stoney Creek campus. Ted was joined by Mohawk College President Ron McKerlie and about 40 apprenticeship students.

Mohawk College will receive the funding through the Apprenticeship Enhancement Fund and Pre-Apprenticeship Training programs for new simulation technology for plumbing apprentices and to help introduce unemployed and underemployed youth, women and aboriginal peoples to the refrigeration and air conditioning, automotive, plumbing and steamfitting trades. 

President Ron McKerlie
"Our industry partners are counting on Mohawk to train the next generation of skilled tradespeople.  Thanks to the continued support of the Government of Ontario, our faculty and staff deliver hands-on training to more than 4,000 apprentices every year. Apprentices at Mohawk learn from the best, train on the newest equipment and use the latest technology in labs that are among the best of any college in the country."
President Ron McKerlie
"I’m thrilled that our government is making this major investment to ensure that our apprentices receive the highest standard of training. The improved equipment and training programs  will give apprentices the hands-on experience they need to thrive in the skilled trades, and contribute to the local economy.” 
Ted McMeekin, MPP, Ancaster Dundas Flamborough Westdale

As announced in the 2015 Budget, the province is investing $23 million over two years through the Apprenticeship Enhancement Fund for 47 new capital projects at colleges and other training organizations for new equipment, new facilities and new technologies such as welding simulators, to provide opportunities for hands-on training. Another $13 million is being invested through the Pre-Apprenticeship Training program to help support 84 pre-apprenticeship training programs, which will help more than 1,500 people primarily from traditionally underrepresented groups including women, Indigenous peoples and at-risk youth, consider careers in the trades by developing their skills through in-class training sessions and work placements.

About Mohawk

Mohawk College educates and serves 30,000 full-time, part-time, apprenticeship and international students at three campuses and two City School locations at the Eva Rothwell Resource Centre and the Central Public Library in Hamilton, Ontario. Mohawk has ranked first among all Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area colleges in student satisfaction for seven consecutive years and first in graduate satisfaction for the past five years. Mohawk ranks 15th among all colleges in Canada for applied research activity and has been named among Canada’s greenest employers and the region’s top employers for the past three years.