Bridge Training Helps Newcomers Get Licences and Jobs
Ontario is investing in more than $2.3 million for bridge training projects in London to help more newcomers get the training and support they need to be licenced and to work in their fields.
London Fanshawe MPP Khalil Ramal announced the funding during a visit to London's WIL Employment Connections on May 22, 2009.
The funding is part of an investment of more than $38 million in provincial bridge training programs. The programs help highly-skilled newcomers get the credentials, local experience and networks they need to get a licence and work in their profession faster.
WIL Executive Director Anne Langille; Fanshawe President Howard Rundle; London North Centre MPP Deb Matthews; London Fanshawe MPP Khalil Ramal.
Fanshawe President Howard Rundle welcomed the announcement, saying, "This funding will allow Fanshawe to continue to lead in the area of training newcomers in fields of high demand. Continued support in this area is critical for our economy and for ensuring we get people back to work as quickly as possible."
These programs are aimed at internationally-trained individuals seeking jobs in business, finance, senior administration, insurance and accounting sectors. According to the provincial government, about 70 percent of Ontario's adult newcomers have post-secondary education or training.
Since 2003, bridge training has helped more than 30,000 people in Ontario. The 2009 provincial budget included an additional $50 million investment over two years for bridge training programs.