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Ontario invests $395K in First Nations skilled trades training institute

Six Nations Polytechnic can now deliver apprenticeship training for three trades: general machinist, cook and welder

March 12, 2020  by CM Staff

BRANTFORD, Ont. — Ontario has announced the approval of Six Nations Polytechnic as an apprenticeship Training Delivery Agent.

The post-secondary institute is the first Indigenous institute to be granted this status and can now deliver apprenticeship training for three trades: general machinist, cook and welder.

“One in five jobs is going to be in the skilled trades in the next five years,” said Monte McNaughton, minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development, in a prepared statement. “Those are paycheques that will be waiting to be collected, hopefully soon, by new apprentices from Six Nations of the Grand River. Today’s announcement is a big step toward that goal.”

The government also renewed funding of $395,000 to Six Nations Polytechnic to continue delivering pre-apprenticeship training for general machinists, cooks and welders.

In the upcoming fiscal year, the funding will support:

18 pre-apprenticeship trainee general machinists, beginning April 13
8 pre-apprenticeship trainee cooks, beginning April 20
15 pre-apprenticeship trainee welders, beginning July 6


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