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$4.7 million For Local Niagara Skilled Trades

2,318 youth will benefit from these funds with the Skills Development Fund

The Ontario government is allocating over $4.7 million through the Skills Development Fund to three projects based in the Niagara Region.

These projects will provide free training to 2,318 youth, apprentices and jobseekers that will prepare them for in-demand careers in the skilled trades. 

This brings Ontario’s total investment in skills development and training through SDF to nearly $1.1 billion that supports the hiring, training, and retaining of youth in the skilled trades.

The Ontario government is partnering with industry to deliver free training programs, including:

  • Civiconnect Youth Skills Studio in Beamsville is receiving $3 million to help 350 youth aged fourteen to twenty-nine in Niagara develop technical and workplace preparedness skills for careers in the skilled trades, digital marketing, web development, digital system administration, cloud computing and information technology.  Participants will work on projects submitted by businesses in the community.

  • Edge Factor in Beamsville is receiving $1,087,600 for a project that aims to showcase careers and opportunities in the skilled trades online for 1,920 youth, jobseekers, parents and community members in Niagara and across Ontario.

  • Millwrights Local 1007 in St. Catharines is receiving $650,369 to purchase and outfit a new six-booth welding trailer.  The new industry-standard equipment and technology will enable Local 1007 to train, test and certify an additional forty-eight apprentices and journeypersons on various types of welding to meet industry and employer demand in Ontario.

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