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Milton Receives Funding Boost for Skilled Trades Development




Exciting news for Milton residents! The Ontario government is investing over $7.3 million through the Skills Development Fund (SDF) to support three free training initiatives in Milton. These programs aim to assist more than 700 workers and jobseekers in preparing for lucrative careers in the skilled trades. With this latest investment, Ontario's total contribution to training projects in Milton through the fund exceeds $20 million.

Partnering with industry leaders, the government is rolling out free training programs in various sectors, including:

  1. Landscape Ontario Horticultural Trades Association: $4,424,140 has been allocated for the GROW & Apprenticeship training program, focusing on attracting, recruiting, and training individuals for roles in landscaping and horticulture. Since its inception in 2022, this program has readied 298 individuals for fulfilling careers.

  2. Ontario Harness Horse Association: $2,404,000 is designated for the Ontario Equine Education and Employment Program, which provides skills training and paid job placements within the equine industry.

  3. CWB Group-Industry Services: $551,000 has been earmarked for a welder training program targeting underrepresented groups, such as women, youth, newcomers, individuals with disabilities, and Indigenous peoples.

This investment aligns with the government's comprehensive Skilled Trades Strategy, which aims to create training opportunities in collaboration with labor and industry partners. The strategy also focuses on connecting jobseekers with employers and facilitating access to rewarding careers with higher pay. Additionally, the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) enables young people to gain hands-on apprenticeship training while completing their secondary school diploma, providing them with an accelerated path to lucrative careers.

Since its inception in 2021, Ontario's Skills Development Fund has empowered over half a million jobseekers with the necessary skills and training for prosperous careers. As part of the 2024 Budget: Building a Better Ontario, the government is injecting an additional $100 million into the SDF to bolster the trades workforce and drive Ontario's growth, bringing the total SDF investment to nearly $1 billion.


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