TORONTO — A $100,000 investment from Magna International will make it possible for more students to participate in Skills Ontario initiatives and skill development programs, including the 2017 Skills Ontario Competition, Skills Ontario Young Women’s Initiatives and Skills Ontario Summer Camps.
The Skills Ontario Competition, held on May 1 to 3, will be hosted at the Toronto Congress Centre this year after years of being hosted in Waterloo, Ont.
The competition’s new venue will accommodate more competitors and visitors from across the province, a release reads. The central location in the Greater Toronto Area will make travel easier for those who travel long distances to the event each year or fly in from Northern Ontario.
The Skills Ontario Competition has seen a 30 per cent growth rate in the number of students registering to compete from last year’s event. To date, more than 3,400 students have requested competition spaces for the May 2017 competition, adds the release.
In addition, the annual Young Women’s Conferences has sold out again this year within minutes of registration opening. Over two days, more than 1,400 young women will attend the conferences aimed at encouraging young women to consider a career in the skilled trades and technologies.
"The investment we receive from Magna International sends a strong message to our stakeholders and the corporate community that they believe creating a skilled, knowledgeable and diverse workforce in the skilled trades and technologies is imperative to the economic viability of Ontario," says Gail Smyth, executive director of Skills Ontario, in a statement.
"Partnering with Skills Ontario underscores our commitment to world-class manufacturing and keeping Ontario competitive in the global marketplace," said Marc Neeb, chief human resources officer for Magna.