4 Ontario employers recognized for training skilled workers
Four Ontario employers, including Mississauga-based FLO Components Ltd., are being recognized for their outstanding contributions to training the next generation of skilled workers.
The annual Minister’s Awards for Apprenticeship Training celebrate employers that show leadership in training apprentices, support the apprenticeship training system, and promote careers in skilled trades.
FLO Components president Chris Deckert was honoured by the award: “Who knew when we made the commitment to be the first in the lubrication system industry to use skilled trades that our efforts would be recognized provincially with such an award,” he said. “Many thanks to our key partners at The Centre for Skills Development, Conestoga College, Sheridan College and Mohawk College for their encouragement and support over many years.
“And to the young people who joined FLO and worked so hard to succeed and to those who have taught them, this award is confirmation of your dedication and abilities.”
The other three 2011 winners are:
Con’s Electric Company Ltd., Timmins
The company has been in business since 1985, training more than 50 apprentices. It has four construction and maintenance electrician apprentices, and hires and trains co-op students.
George and Asmussen Ltd., Breslau
A family-owned business established in 1948, it trains apprentice brick and stone masons, heavy duty equipment technicians, and truck and coach technicians. The company also participates in the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program.
The Mane Obsession Hair Salon, Kingston
The company, owned and operated by two professional hair stylists, has been in business for more than 20 years. It has trained nearly 100 apprentice hair stylists, with most starting as co-op students.
"These outstanding employers are making an important contribution to Ontario’s economy, as well as their own businesses," said John Milloy, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities. "Training apprentices is an important part of helping build the skilled workforce Ontario needs to compete for jobs in a global economy."
There are more than 120,000 apprentices learning a skilled trade today — double the number from 2002-2003. Since these awards began in 2002, more than 200 employers have been nominated.