Fleming College Helps Fill Employment Gaps In City of Kawartha Lakes

Fleming College has received funding from the Province of Ontario to help address the growing skilled worker shortage in the region.  

The Ontario government is investing $1,607,925 in three local projects that will be delivered by the College and Trent University through The City of Kawartha Lakes.  

“This is incredible news for local jobs seekers and employers in Kawartha Lakes and Peterborough County,” said Laurie Scott, MPP for Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock. “These three local programs delivered by Fleming College and Trent University will help people upgrade their skills and get connected with local jobs that are in-demand now and in the future.”  

Fleming College has used this funding for the procurement of simulators for the heavy equipment, forestry, public works and agricultural sectors. 

The College is currently offering one-day training on the simulators, providing workers with the opportunity to upskill while allowing job seekers and students to explore careers in these high-demand sectors. 

The funds come from Ontario’s Skills Development fund, which has provided over $200 million in funding for projects that address challenges to hiring, training, or retraining workers during the pandemic.  

“Our government is working for workers every day. Through our Skills Development Fund, we’re giving workers the training they need to fill in-demand jobs, earn bigger paycheques and advance in rewarding careers that make their families and communities stronger,” said Minister McNaughton. “Our government has a workers-first plan to deliver a stronger Ontario. As we build today for a better tomorrow, we need all hands-on deck. We’re leaving nobody behind and we’re getting it done.”