Scarborough, Ontario — The Ontario government announced a further investment of $24 million into the province’s Apprenticeship Capital Grant program on Thursday.
Citing Centennial College’s $1.6 million equipment investment as a success story, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development Monte McNaughton announced from the college’s School of Transportation that the Ford government is aiming to expand the program to help other institutions upgrade their facilities.
“As a recipient of the Apprenticeship Capital Grant, Centennial College can attest to the significant impact this funding provided our institution, particularly by enabling us to modernize equipment and offer an unparalleled learning experience to our apprentices as they prepare for rewarding careers in the vibrant skilled trades sector,” said Centennial College president and CEO Craig Stephenson.
The program has already funded 64 training providers and 19 apprenticeship training organizations over the past year, according to the government’s press release.
As well, the funding helped Centennial acquire three 3D measuring systems and six vehicles equipped with modern computer systems to be used by autobody students.
“By 2025, one in five jobs in Ontario are expected to be in the skilled trades,” said McNaughton.
“Our government is working for workers to ensure the mechanics, welders, and heavy equipment operators of tomorrow have the quality tools and equipment they need to learn the tools of their trade. This investment will give students and apprentices the learning experiences they deserve in the classroom, so they are set up for success on the job site.”
Institutions have until Dec. 21 to apply for next year’s round of funding.