Training & Education
Spark Power “enhancing its training initiatives” with Ontario support
“It’s companies like Spark Power that will help lead Ontario back to economic success and prosperity [...]”
By Anthony Capkun
May 25, 2021 – In partnership with electrical contractor Spark Power, the Ontario government is investing $5.3 million to support new and enhanced training to upskill 500 electrical workers.
This initiative will provide free training for those workers and upgrade their existing online, on-the-job and in-classroom education programming. Spark Power will also create scholarships to encourage youth to pursue rewarding careers in electrical professions.
“With this support, Spark Power is enhancing its training initiatives by focusing on the company’s electricians, technicians and apprentices,” said Richard Jackson, president & CEO. “This year-long program will enable us to continue implementing and expanding innovative educational technologies, cross-team training, and outreach to local high schools and post-secondary institutions to recruit new talent within the power sector.”
Spark Power’s free training is expected to start in August 2021, and will include electrical maintenance, power generation systems, and health & safety regulations for their workers and potential new employees.
In addition to creating scholarships, Spark Power will provide paid placements for co-op students and apprentices to help them start their careers.
The new program will use a variety of learning techniques that make the training safer and more effective, including virtual reality and augmented reality, webinars, online training, hands-on training and job shadowing, says the Ministry of Labour, Training & Skills Development.
“It’s companies like Spark Power that will help lead Ontario back to economic success and prosperity […],” said Effie Triantafilopoulos, MPP for Oakville North–Burlington.
Funding for the project comes from Ontario’s $115 million Skills Development Fund. More than 500 applications were received in the first month for this new fund, and a second application round is being planned for later in 2021.