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.
â€śThis is incredible news for local jobs seekers and employers in Kawartha Lakes and Peterborough County,â€ť said Laurie Scott, MPP for Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock. â€śThese 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.â€ťâ€Ż
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 offeringâ€Żone-day trainingâ€Żon 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 Ontarioâ€™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.
â€śOur government is working for workers every day. Through our Skills Development Fund, weâ€™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,â€ť said Minister McNaughton. â€śOur government has a workers-firstâ€Żplan to deliver a stronger Ontario. As we build today for a better tomorrow, we need all hands-on deck. Weâ€™re leaving nobody behind and weâ€™re getting it done.â€ť