Ontario Helping Workers Pursue Careers in Manufacturing

Published on December 20, 2020

Ontario Helping Workers Pursue Careers in Manufacturing

The Ontario government is investing $1,322,430 to help the Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium train workers in London and Ottawa for new opportunities in the manufacturing sector. This project, being delivered in partnership with manufacturing employers, builds on successful programs led in eight communities across the province.

The funding was announced by Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development and JP Giroux, President of the Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium.

"Individuals, families and workers across Ontario have struggled during the pandemic, and our government is helping them pursue new careers in manufacturing," said McNaughton. "Training and retraining are essential for our economic recovery. By investing in people, we are helping business-owners find the skilled workers they need to grow and succeed. This is truly a win-win."

This training helps manufacturing workers improve their skills in fields like problem solving, critical thinking and teamwork. As part of its project, EMC has launched training partnerships with 29 employers to train 70 existing workers and create 30 new career opportunities for job seekers. The training provides and improves essential soft skills that help workers be more more productive in the workplace and increase the effectiveness of supervisors. New training cohorts are expected to start by late January 2021.

In addition to training job seekers in Ottawa and London, this initiative includes projects for existing workers in Blenheim, Ingersoll, Strathroy, Tillsonburg, St. Thomas, Wheatley, Thorndale and Salford.

"We all know how important having a highly skilled work force is for our economy, both locally and on a provincial scale," said Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries and MPP for Nepean. "This funding creates job opportunities in the National Capital and helps strengthen manufacturing in our region."

"The hard-working people in my community are eager to take on new challenges and grow their careers in the manufacturing sector," said Jeremy Roberts, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Children, Community and Social Services and MPP for Ottawa West-Nepean. "This program will prepare them with the skills to lead not only now but in the future."

In its 2020 Budget, Ontario's Action Plan: Protect, Support, Recover, the government is investing an additional $180.5 million over three years to help existing workers improve their skills.The budget also includes a skilled trades strategy, an additional $100 million of dedicated investments through Employment Ontario for skills training, a redesigned Second Career program, and $59.5 million to help workers acquire in-demand skills.


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