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TTG Apprenticeship Training Expansion in the Works for 2010!
Technical Training Group

Stratford, ON. – Thanks to the Community Adjustment Fund for South-Western Ontario, the Technical Training Group (TTG) received $3,500 from Perth Community Futures as a business expansion investment to expand skills training options currently offered by TTG.

TTG will use this investment to bring its organization one step closer to meeting local training needs. The funding will support the Training Delivery Agent (TDA) application process for the electrician (construction & maintenance) trade. If Agent status is approved, the intent is to offer the electrical pre-apprenticeship program at the tech facilities at St. Michael Catholic Secondary School, Stratford in 2010-11. Kent Johnston, TTG Chair, says “Achieving TDA status is not a given. The process is a rigorous one that must provide evidence there is a need at the local level. The application can be challenged by community colleges and union training centres who deliver apprenticeship training for the Electrician trade.”

An approved TDA for the Level 1, 2 & 3 Welder Apprenticeship Program, TTG has been exploring ways to expand and meet more of the community’s need for skilled trades/technical training. A 10-week basic electrical course was offered in Sept. 2008 and Jan. 2009. Another 10-week course is currently being advertised with a Feb. 22nd, 2010 start date. “Teaching the electrical pre-apprenticeship program is a logical progression in expansion as the basic electrical course has the potential to provide a steady stream of candidates for the next level of instruction,” says Ted Lange, Board Director and VP, Culliton Brothers, Stratford.

The application responds to a number of research studies including the Perth County Social Research & Planning Council report released in Dec. 2009 that recommended support for more locally based training opportunities, especially in the skilled trades, and coordinated with emerging employment sectors. Local employers will be approached by Keith Donnelly, TTG Electrical Instructor, for letters of support in the near future.
The funding for this program is part of a $30 million program for southern Ontario CFDCs through the Community Adjustment Fund announced by the Federal Government earlier this fall.

For information on TTG and its current programming visit: http://www.technicaltraininggroup.org or contact Virginia Lambdin, TTG Coordinator at 519.801.8845.