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McMaster University Training Courses Prepare Job-Seekers for Careers in Automotive and Manufacturing

HAMILTON — The Ontario government is investing $1.3 million in two projects to help up to 236 job seekers train for careers and get practical on-the-job experience in the automotive and manufacturing sectors.

Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development, made the announcement at McMaster University, where the training will be delivered.

“These projects showcase the partnerships we are creating with local organizations and learning institutions to address economic challenges and help more people find work,” said McNaughton. “Effective training initiatives are an essential part of our efforts, as we continue on the path of renewal, growth and economic recovery. ”

The training projects at McMaster University include a program to help unemployed or underutilized employees learn new manufacturing technologies, and internships and work placements to help postsecondary students and recent graduates learn the skills they need to launch a career in the sectors.

“We know that employers are looking for job-ready people to help fill vacancies in high-demand sectors,” said Donna Skelly, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade and MPP for Flamborough-Glanbrook. “These programs are designed to help people bridge the gap between the skills they have, and the skills employers need.”

“Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, there are sectors that have contracted while others have continued to grow,” said Jane McKenna, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development and MPP for Burlington. “These training programs will assist workers in Hamilton/Halton and Niagara who are unemployed or underutilized by enhancing their skills and connecting them with jobs that are in-demand.”

“I am proud to see the innovative ways Ontario’s postsecondary community is helping our province recover from COVID-19,” said Ross Romano, Minister of Colleges and Universities. “Through this new investment, the Ontario government is helping our postsecondary institutions train hard working Ontarians for the jobs of tomorrow.”

“As Ontario’s economy continues to recover, it is more important than ever to help job seekers find employment opportunities that can lead to fulfilling careers,” said Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade. “These new training programs will help people develop new skills that will help them find in-demand jobs in the advanced manufacturing sectors.”

These projects encourage partnerships between industry, education and training providers that drive innovation, help employers find skilled workers, and help job seekers find well-paid careers.

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