Ontario Construction News staff writer
The Ontario government is investing more than $4 million through SkillsAdvance Ontario to support a local construction training program.
The Town of Georgina at Lake Simcoe is supporting the project with $2.6 million in funding and is leasing the land that the housing units will be built on as part of the training project. The program will be run through SkillsOntario.
Led by Georgina Trades Training (GTTI), the project will prepare up to 100 job seekers for construction-related professions and use the skills learned to help build new modular housing units. The training facility will be located in the Town of Georgina.
“Acute shortages in the skilled trades have become a serious problem for Ontario’s economy that requires bold, creative thinking to come up with solutions,” GTTI Chair John De Faveri stated. “Not only are we attracting and training post-secondary school graduates as well as multi-barrier candidates to consider a career in skilled trades, we are at the same time creating a unique model for municipalities that clearly speaks to affordable housing.”
Over the coming weeks and months, GTTI will begin hiring staff for the project and finalize the training curriculum. The start of training is projected for January 2021.
This project is one of 50 current SkillsAdvance Ontario projects across the province. Five of these projects are dedicated to skills training in the construction sector.