Conestoga news

May 21, 2015 10:33 AM

Partnership delivers skilled training for youth

A new partnership between Conestoga, Family and Children's Services of Guelph and Wellington County, Second Chance Employment Services and Wyndham House provides for the delivery of skilled trades training for youth in Guelph.

The partnership, funded by the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure, is part of the province’s Youth Skills Connections program which creates partnerships between business, educators and not-for-profits to help youth get the skills and training required for local jobs.

Funding for the new programs was announced by the Honourable Liz Sandals, Minister of Education and MPP for Guelph, at Guelph’s Conestoga campus on May 19.

The programs, which include academic upgrading and job readiness skills as well as specialized training in either welding or machining, will provide opportunities for young men and women from 18 to 29 who are connected to Family and Children’s Services of Guelph.

“We’re pleased to partner with the province and local businesses to deliver an industry-recognized skills training program,” said Daniel Moore, executive director, Family and Children’s Services of Guelph and Wellington County. “Vulnerable young people from Guelph and Wellington County have what it takes to be successful employees. Our program will give them the necessary skills to fill the jobs our community needs.”

The program will be available to 30 youth who will receive 12 weeks of instruction, followed by a 20-week paid placement. Following the placement, students will have industry-recognized skills that will prepare them for in-demand jobs in the local community.

“We’re very pleased to work with the Government of Ontario and our partners to help vulnerable youth acquire the skills and knowledge they need to launch successful careers,” said John Tibbits, president of Conestoga College. “Providing opportunities for everyone to achieve their potential transforms lives, creates prosperous communities, and builds a stronger Ontario.”

The partnership is one of 45 Youth Skills Connections projects selected for funding across Ontario.