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Provincial government gives financial boost for trades in schools

Perth-wellington MPP Matthew Rae announced over $185,000 in provincial funding to bring high-tech machinery to four schools in Perth and Wellington Counties.Wellington Heights Secondary School will be getting $25,780.Rae said, “By 2025, 1 in 5 jobs will be in the skilled trades, we need to ensure our students have industry leading machinery to learn on.”Equipment deliveries for the program began in November, and range from CNC milling centres, lathes, and plasma cutters to CNC desktop milling machines, high precision conventional milling machines, lathes with readouts, and more.In addition, each school will receive tool kits and cutting tools.Robert Cattle, Canadian Tooling & Machining Association Executive Director, said, “Our goal is to expose high school students to technology at an earlier age to engage their interest for a career within our industry.”This project by the CTMA and the Ontario Council for Technology and Education is funded through the Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development, Skills Development Fund.The Fund allows organizations to apply for funding to deliver in-demand training programs. Since the Fund was launched in 2021, more than $660 million has been invested to help more than 400,000 people upgrade their skills.