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Four County Labour Planning Board Receives Grant

Web posted on August 10, 2017

Ontario is helping 60 local jobseekers in Perth County develop the skills they need to find jobs in the manufacturing sector.

The new project in Perth County is one of four SkillsAdvance pilots in Ontario that combine tailored employment supports for jobseekers with industry-specific skills training. Ontario will provide Four County Labour Market Planning Board with $799,980 over two years to pilot Connect2SKILLS, an employer-focused skills training and employment project for the manufacturing sector.

As the economy and labour market become more technology- and knowledge-based, employers are requiring new skills from employees. The province is investing in the Connect2SKILLS program, which combines a tailored academic training curriculum, developed and delivered by Conestoga College, with on-the-job learning during a work placement with local manufacturers.

Through academic curriculum and on-the-job training, Connect2SKILLS participants will improve their skills and knowledge in areas such as

  • Machine operation and associated processes,
  • Tools and gauges,
  • Forklift safety,
  • Document use and numeracy,
  • Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act,
  • Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System,
  • Health and safety,
  • Quality control.

The program will help more jobseekers get the training and skills they need to pursue employment and educational goals in a changing economy.

"Employers are having challenges finding a skilled workforce and are willing to come to the table to develop a local solution. This important investment will focus on giving technical and soft skills to people looking to become successfully engaged in the workplace. Connect2SKILLS is an employer-driven solution that will help to create a pipeline of work-ready jobseekers, addressing the workforce skills gaps and giving local residents an opportunity to be engaged in a growing manufacturing sector in Perth County." Gemma Mendez-Smith, Executive Director, Four County Labour Market Planning Board.

Supporting innovative skills training is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.