Training & Education
KE Electrical to lead free electrician training in eastern Ontario
June 20, 2023 By Anthony Capkun
June 20, 2023 – According to the Premier’s Office, Ontario is spending $2.7 million to support a project that aims to help 65 electrical workers upgrade their skills and “meet the demand for qualified electricians in eastern Ontario”.
Led by KE Electrical, the free program will provide participants with the training needed to progress from labourer to apprentice, apprentice to journeyman, and journeyman to foreman.
“KE Electrical Ltd. wishes to thank Premier Ford and Minister McNaughton for this critical investment,” said Gordon Kemp, president. “This funding will allow us to upskill, retrain, and develop our workforce so we can continue to deliver our crucial services to underserved communities.”
“Right across the province, we’re facing historic labour shortages with thousands of jobs going unfilled in skilled trades each and every day,” said Premier Doug Ford. “Programs like these are helping to ensure we have the skilled workforce to build the homes, schools, hospitals and infrastructure projects our growing province needs.”
At least 1600 more electricians are needed across Ontario, says the Premier’s Office. This project will provide new and existing KE Electrical workers with the chance to participate in 8500 hours of hands-on training focused on learning technical skills and abilities, health & safety, professional development, etc.
“Together, we are breaking down barriers and stereotypes to ensure that Ontario becomes a leader in training the next generation of skilled tradespeople,” Kemp added.
Additionally, training will be delivered at sites throughout eastern Ontario. They will be free to all employees, while mileage and other travel expenses will be reimbursed.
The project is funded through the province’s Skills Development Fund, which is supported through labour market transfer agreements between the Government of Canada and the Province of Ontario.
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