Student Skills: Loyalist and Durham College partner for new local training initiative

Belleville, Ontario — Loyalist and Durham College are partnering through the Ontario Tech University collaboration with an investment of $757, 143, to help with student placement in the auto industry.

The initial investment of $37 million from the province is meant for helping people train for jobs in the automotive, transportation and construction sectors; much like Durham and Loyalist College are with their share of the $37 million.

The two colleges will form an executive committee to oversee the development of a network that can bring together industry professionals and students to help them find a placement.

The colleges are calling the new local training initiative, the Career Fund’s Auto Stream. The government hopes this investment will help students, recent grads, and apprentices, expand the current work-integrated learning opportunities in their local community or college.

Automotive employers who host these student placements will also benefit from highly skilled labourers from the new collaboration, according to Loyalist College president and CEO, Dr. Ann Marie Vaughan.

This initiative by the ministry of labour, training and skills development will strengthen Ontario’s competitive advantage globally by connecting next generation talent will the automotive manufacturing jobs of tomorrow, said Dr. Vaughan.

The $37 million investment will be allocated to 86 projects the government believes will help many Canadian job seekers develop the skills they need to be an auto industry professional.

The new local training initiative will be provided through multiple universities, colleges, community and industry organizations in Ontario.

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