Province pouring $1.9 million into a Skills for Steel training project in Western Ontario

David Piccini signing event
David Piccini greets an employment worker as he announces the Skills for Steel Program (David Piccini Facebook page)

By Robin MacLennan

Ontario Construction News staff writer

David Piccini, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities visited Kitchener this week, to announce funding for an innovative Skills for Steel training project that “will help get people working by providing them with the technical and job-ready skills they need.”

Skills for Steel will also provide sector-focused employment services, including job matching and placement, and employment retention services.

“Our Government knows employers are looking for job-ready people to help fill vacancies in Western Ontario,” Piccini said in a press release. “By funding projects like these, we’re creating opportunities for over 200 people to put their skills to work in good, permanent jobs. I’m proud that our Government is investing in people and their potential.”

The YMCA of Hamilton-Burlington-Brantford will administer the project, expected to assist more than 200 workers and unemployed individuals. Training will take place in Hamilton, Niagara, Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge Region, and Brantford.

“Our government is committed to opening up the steel sector to jobs and this funding will help the industry find the skilled workforce it needs to grow,” said Piccini.

“The steel sector in Hamilton is important to Ontario’s economy and is an anchor for other industries including auto, energy and construction. That’s why we are helping the industry grow and create jobs.”

The $1.9 million will be spread over the next three years.


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