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Colleges Ontario and AMO are partnering

by CM staff   

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The partnership was launched this week during AMO's annual conference in London.

TORONTO — Colleges Ontario and the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) are partnering to promote economic growth through workforce training and business-led, college-based research and innovation.

“This exciting new partnership builds on our public colleges’ successes preparing graduates for a rapidly evolving economy,” said Marketa Evans, the president and CEO of Colleges Ontario. “It aims to help strengthen the workforce in key sectors across all communities in Ontario, including the workforce in home building, health care and the electric vehicle supply chain.”

The partnership responds to the growing challenge in municipalities to fill positions and to retain the existing workforce. Colleges and municipalities will explore new opportunities to promote upskilling and retraining in the municipal sector.

Colleges Ontario and AMO will work together to promote an expansion of the real-world research at colleges that develops new made-in-Ontario products, helps small and medium-sized businesses create jobs.

Public colleges in Ontario collaborate with businesses and other sectors on over 3,000 research and innovation projects each year. This helps businesses address efficiency challenges in their operations and creates new products and services ranging from safety equipment for miners and firefighters to the development of 3D printing and prototypes.

“Ontario’s municipalities employ community builders from many professions and career paths to support our residents with the services and infrastructure they need,” said Colin Best, AMO president and councillor for the Region of Halton. “AMO is pleased to partner with Ontario’s public colleges through Colleges Ontario to support training and development opportunities for the municipal workforce of today and tomorrow.”


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