Funding for apprenticeships at Kemptville Campus

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The provincial government on Friday announced an expansion to the Kemptville Campus’ apprenticeship program.

Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes MPP Steve Clark announced new support for up to 20 secondary school students to get trained in high-demand skilled trades at the Kemptville Campus Education and Community Hub, on behalf of Monte McNaughton, minister of labour, training and skills development.

"Today is another big step forward in the revitalization of the Kemptville Campus. I'm so pleased that our government has recognized the need to give students from Eastern Ontario the opportunity to train for a career in the trades, close to home," said Clark.

The province is supporting an application from the campus and local school boards to provide training to secondary school students in three technical trades: Truck and coach technician; heavy duty technician and agricultural technician.

"Minister Monte McNaughton has been here, and understands the potential for this campus to fill the skills gap," Clark told the gathering in front of the Power and Equipment building at the Kemptville Campus.

The new programs will start accepting students in September 2021 under the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship program (OYAP) and will include an online learning component.

The exact funding amount has not yet been announced by the province, but according to Patricia Rémillard, project manager at the Kemptville Campus, it is about $60,000.

"The curriculum exists but all the partners will get together to plan the delivery strategy, and online component," said Rémillard. "We have a year to plan and budget for this program."

While funding is an important part of the project, the training delivery application was geared to securing the authority for the campus to deliver the bilingual apprenticeship and online training program, said Rémillard.

All four area school boards were involved and supported the application for the bilingual program along with the campus and the municipality.

"This announcement represents a significant evolution in the role that Kemptville Campus will play in the education and economic development sectors in our region" said campus board chairwoman and North Grenville Mayor Nancy Peckford.

Heddy Sorour, Local Journalism Initiative, Brockville Recorder and Times