Heavy Equipment Pre-Apprenticeship Training in Morrisburg Ontario Leading to Good Jobs – April 9, 2011

Morrisburg ON – Thirty (30) youth between the ages of 18 and 25 and fifteen (15) Aboriginal youth will soon begin training in Morrisburg to become heavy equipment apprentices thanks to an investment of $428,605 from the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.


The Operating Engineers Training Institute of Ontario (OETIO) will deliver a pre-apprenticeship training program that will help people develop the skills they need to work in a skilled trade.  More than 120,000 apprentices are learning a skilled trade today to help keep Ontario’s economy strong in the future.  The government funds pre-apprenticeship training courses across the province.

The McGuinty government’s Open Ontario Plan is helping to build the most highly skilled and educated workforce in the world, securing a strong economy for the future.

“The OETIO is a leader in training and an important contributor to the economic development of Morrisburg.  I’m pleased that they’re working with us to help people develop the skills needed to be an apprentice.” –  Jim Brownell, MPP for Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry


“Ontario needs skilled workers to keep our economy strong and help local communities across the province become stronger and more prosperous.  Ontario is investing in our apprenticeship and skilled trades to help more people build better futures for themselves and for all of us.” – John Milloy, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities

“The Operating Engineers Training Institute of Ontario is a leader when it comes to training heavy equipment pre-apprentices.  This funding will help to ensure that our workforce remains the most highly-skilled in the world.” – Mike Gallagher, Business Manager, International Union of Operating Engineers Local 793

Ontario is investing almost $8 million in 36 pre-apprenticeship training projects in 2011.

• Projects now include exposure to multiple trades to provide participants with a greater awareness of trade options.

• Since 2003, pre-apprenticeship training has helped more than 5,400 people train to become apprentices.

• There are more than 150 trades in the construction, industrial, motive power and service sectors that offer apprenticeships.

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