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  • March 08, 2013


Gravelle & Mauro announce support for on-the-job training at Confederation College

March 8, 2013 - Ontario is helping sixteen participants in Thunder Bay to receive training for successful careers in primary and secondary trades, including construction, electrical, carpentry, welding, roofing, and stone/brick masonry.

Through the government’s Pre-Apprenticeship Training program, Confederation College is receiving funding in the amount of $208,000 that will help support training projects for individuals to develop trade-specific knowledge, job skills and employment experience to start an apprenticeship.

This is part of the Wynne government's plan to help all Ontarians get the education and training they need for the jobs of the future.

QUOTES  “We absolutely have a need for skilled trades people as our region grows and prospers, and with new opportunities like the Ring of Fire, there will be a strong demand for many years to come. We want to be sure those good-paying jobs are available to benefit people in Northwestern Ontario. This funding will do exactly that, and Confederation College is well-positioned to give them the skills they need in those primary and secondary trades.”
– Michael Gravelle, MPP Thunder Bay-Superior North

“Tremendous job opportunities exist in the trades fields -- these are good-paying jobs in high-value careers. Confederation College is a leader in skilled trades training in Thunder Bay. This pre-apprenticeship program provides participants with the right technical background they need to successfully acquire these great jobs." – Bill Mauro, MPP Thunder Bay-Atikokan

“Confederation College continues to be responsive to the needs of our communities and we continue to do so in the promotion and development of the skilled trades as a career choice. We would like to thank the province, through Minister Gravelle and MPP Bill Mauro for the leadership they have shown and for the contribution made to this important program.” – Jim Madder, President, Confederation College

“Ontario needs skilled workers to keep our economy strong and help local communities across the province become 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.” — Brad Duguid, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities


  • Participation in pre-apprenticeship is free, along with any required text books, safety equipment and tools.
  • There are more than 150 trades in the construction, industrial, motive power and service sectors that offer apprenticeships.
  • About 120,000 apprentices are learning a trade today – nearly 60,000 more than in 2003.


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