Over $364,000 is being provided by the government of Ontario to assist 100 apprentices and journeypersons in Sarnia and southwestern Ontario in improving their millwrighting skills so that they can earn more money for themselves and their families. The funding, which is led by Millwright Local 1592, will also assist businesses in finding the skilled workers they require to construct and maintain the region’s upcoming hospitals, schools, automotive plants, and other historic infrastructure investments.
Minister of Labor, Immigration, Training, and Skills Development Monte McNaughton stated, “You have a career for life in the skilled trades.” Our government is pleased to make an investment in cutting-edge training programs in collaboration with its union partners to ensure that hardworking men and women have the skills they need to get better jobs and contribute to the development of our province.
Forklifts, telehandlers, scissor lifts, and boom lifts and elevating work platforms are among the four pieces of equipment that will be taught to and certified to participants. In addition, they will receive assistance with technical skills and employment support to enable them to advance in their careers and satisfy the requirements of local employers.
“This is one more significant venture by our administration in store for Sarnia-Lambton and the profoundly talented labor force locally,” said Bounce Bailey, MPP for Sarnia-Lambton. ” With this investment, more Sarnia-Lambton workers will be able to begin careers in skilled trades that pay well and are in high demand.
Additionally, the investment will enable Local 1592 in Sarnia to incorporate cutting-edge new equipment into their training curriculum and help increase training opportunities for decades to come.
Steve Laur, Millwright Local 1592’s Business Manager, stated, “Local 1592 and its members will benefit from the Skills Development Fund Project, which will allow us to expand our training opportunities at UBC Millwright Local 1592’s Training Centre in Sarnia.” Minister McNaughton maintains his support for and demonstration of the significance of skilled trades in Ontario. He knows that skill training and our members’ ability to find work directly help build our great province.
The government’s Skills Development Fund, which is worth more than $700 million and supports ground-breaking programs that connect job seekers with the skills and training they need to find well-paying careers close to home, provides the funding for the project.