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Ontario announces new supports for apprentices – Oct 09


October 24, 2009
By Anthony Capkun

Ontario’s premier, Dalton McGuinty, recently announced new measures to help workers enter and complete apprenticeships.

“More Ontarians than ever are entering the skilled trades to support
their families and we’re committed to helping them succeed,” said
McGuinty. “These additional measures will help Ontario’s apprentices
train to fill high skill, high quality jobs in the future.”

New supports and incentives include grants of up to $2000 to
apprentices and $1000 to employers when training is successfully
completed. Also, giving apprentices the choice to complete more of
their in-school training upfront when work placements are temporarily
unavailable. Grants of up to $1500 per term are also in the mix to help
apprentices with the cost of school when they are not eligible for
employment insurance.

“Ontario understands the importance of apprenticeship to our long-term
prosperity. Supporting apprentices, employers and training providers is
an investment in Ontario’s future,” said John Milloy, minister of
training, colleges and universities.



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