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Sheridan College receives over $500K for machinist, millwright apprenticeships


February 3, 2020
By Manufacturing AUTOMATION

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Sheridan College’s Davis campus in Brampton, Ontario is receiving more than $559,000 for pre-apprenticeship programs in general machining and millwrighting.

The investment is $559,837, for Sheridan College’s General Machinist and Industrial Mechanic Millwright pre-apprenticeship programs to create placements for 50 students.

The funding is part of the Ontario government’s total investment of $20.8 million in Ontario’s Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program for the skilled trades. The government is also increasing annual spending on the program by $2.5 million this year, creating an additional 200 placements in the program.

The province also recently launched a marketing campaign in Ontario highlighting the skilled trades as a viable career path. The ads, with the slogan “Find a Career You Wouldn’t Trade,” are currently running online, in movie theatres and on Tim Hortons TV.

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“In Brampton and throughout the province, there are thousands of jobs that go unfilled each day,” says Monte McNaughton, minister of labour, training and skills development, in a release. “Those are paycheques waiting to be collected. But the workers aren’t there. Our mission is to bridge that skills gap in Brampton and beyond.”

Pre-apprenticeship training promotes careers in the trades as an option for all Ontario residents, including youth at risk, new Canadians, women and Indigenous people. The training programs are free, last up to one year and often combine classroom training with an eight- to -12 week work placement.