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Skills Training Partnership to help local employers, jobseekers


(JOHNSTOWN) -- Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes MPP Steve Clark has announced the Ontario government will provide $500,000 to support a new training partnership to help the manufacturing sector in Eastern Ontario attract workers.

During an announcement at Prysmian Cables in Johnstown today, Clark said Brockville-based Employment and Education Centre (EEC) will lead an innovative skills training project in close co-operation with employers in the region.

The SkillsAdvance Ontario project will help 50 unemployed participants gain the skills and work experience needed by manufacturing employers in Leeds and Grenville. The EEC will partner with their Employment Ontario counterparts in Gananoque and Prescott (i.e., KEYS Employment Centre and CSE Consulting), the economic development offices from Brockville, Gananoque, Prescott and the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville, St. Lawrence College and local employers to create a sector-specific skills curriculum, wrap-around supports and paid job placements for the trainees.

Training for the first cohort of participants is expected to begin in September, 2019, said Clark.

"I'm glad to see local educators, trainers and employers stepping up to create opportunities in Leeds and Grenville. Through this project, we're giving 50 people a fair shot at leaving unemployment and gaining good, permanent jobs," said Clark. "Whenever I visit a local manufacturer, one of the first concerns they raise is the need for more skilled workers. This is an issue we have to address as a region to attract new investment and I'm proud our government is supporting this effort to create a larger skilled workforce."

"SkillsAdvance Ontario projects are designed to help both businesses and jobseekers in a region," said Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities. "When you tailor a training curriculum around the needs of local employers and offer effective employment supports for the participating trainees, you can achieve outcomes that make a difference."


  • There are currently 20 active SkillsAdvance Ontario projects across Ontario.
  • Employment and Education Centre is one of more than 300 Employment Ontario partners across Ontario.
  • The Employment Ontario network offers a range of services and supports that help businesses find talent and connect jobseekers to training and job opportunities.
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