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Funding helps students and jobseekers gain skills in London, Ont.

DCN-JOC News Services
Funding helps students and jobseekers gain skills in London, Ont.

LONDON – Students and jobseekers in the London, Ont.-area will gain in-demand training thanks to a $1.49 million investment in skills training by the Ontario government.

The announcement was made by Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development Monte McNaughton recently at CityStudio London, a training project overseen by the Pillar Nonprofit Network, which will receive $214,000 to give up to 780 students practical on-the-job experience.  

The $1.49 million investment also includes:

– $440,000 for Greenhouse Academy to train 540 youth for careers in landscaping, horticulture and agriculture.

– $500,000 for Let’s Talk Science to help prepare 2,200 elementary and high-school students for careers in STEM sectors. 

– $98,000 for Fanshawe College to help 25 people in underrepresented groups find careers in the window- and door-installation industries.

– $53,000 for Habitat ReStore to help 480 jobseekers learn skills such as general finishing, carpentry and customer service at its Heartland ReStore location.

– $185,375 for Pathways Skills Development to prepare 25 newcomers and Indigenous people for employment in the manufacturing and construction sectors.

“This funding will allow CityStudio London to continue providing postsecondary students an innovative and collaborative way of learning while addressing today’s challenges in their community, such as COVID-19 recovery, diversity and inclusion, and environmental sustainability,” said Michelle Baldwin, executive director of Pillar Nonprofit Network, in a statement. “We look forward to seeing the continued positive impacts of CityStudio London for both students and our community over the coming year.”

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