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Training program to be launched for electrical workers


Engineering

May 24, 2021
By Maryam Farag


Industries

A training for 500 electrical workers is being launched by Spark Power in collaboration with the Ontario government to upgrade existing online, on-the-job and in-classroom education programming.

The Ontario government is investing $5.3 million towards this initiative, and Spark Power will create scholarships for co-op students and apprentices to pursue careers in electrical professions.

“Young people need to know that a career in the electrical trades is in-demand, exciting and within reach,” said Monte McNaughton, Minister, Labour, Training and Skills Development. “We’re helping them get there by investing in great ideas like this one, which will help new and experienced electrical professionals sharpen their skills with state-of-the-art training. This is just one more way we’re keeping our economy strong.”

Spark Power’s training is expected to start in August 2021, and will include electrical maintenance, power generation systems and health and safety regulations for their workers and potential new employees. The new program will use virtual reality and augmented reality, webinars, online training, hands-on training and job shadowing.

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“We are thrilled to receive grant funding from the Skills Development Fund,” said Richard Jackson, President and CEO, Spark Power. “With this support, Spark Power is enhancing its training initiatives by focusing on the company’s electricians, technicians, and apprentices. This year-long program will enable us to continue implementing and expanding innovative educational technologies, cross-team training, and outreach to local high schools and post-secondary institutions to recruit new talent within the power sector.”