Ontario Helping People Start Careers in Home-Building

The Ontario government is investing almost $3 million to give 166 jobseekers free training and work experience in residential construction across the province. The Job-Ready Program, led by the Ontario Home Builders’ Association (OHBA), will connect trainees with rewarding and well-paying careers in carpentry, drywall installation, cement working, framing, and heavy equipment operation. This announcement […]

Food Venture Program offering Farm to Retail Workshop

Food Venture Program

Interested in diversifying your farm business, adding a product or creating a new product? Simcoe County is partnering with the Counties of Grey and Bruce along with the Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre to run a Farm to Retail 11-Week Workshop starting on October 28, 2021.  The Workshop will help farmers take an idea and understand […]

Enrolment at Georgian College’s Midland trade campus skyrockets

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As of mid-July, the Georgian College Midland campus had more students enrolled in its one-year skilled trades programs than ever before. “Our numbers for September are higher than they have ever been,” said Mac Greaves, associate dean and campus principal. “We are up 40 per cent over 2019.” In 2019, the Midland campus had 123 […]

Province investing $5.8M in free online training to help 100,000 workers gain skills

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The Ontario government is investing $5.8 million in free online training to help 100,000 workers gain the skills they need to find good jobs and restart their careers. Courses will focus on building skills most in-demand by employers in fields such as information technology, finance and business administration. “As our community continues to move forward […]

Georgian College’s Midland campus offering free pre-apprenticeship program this spring

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Those looking to gain skills for entry into the skilled trades can start building an in-demand career with Georgian College’s free industrial mechanic millwright, welder, industrial electrician, and plumbing pre-apprenticeship program at the Midland campus. The 32-week program starts May 3 and includes a 12-week work placement. Midland campus associate dean Mac Greaves said pre-apprenticeship […]

Regional partners launch Automation Accelerator pilot program

Automation Accelerator Program

Area partners are excited to launch the Automation Accelerator pilot program to create a responsive, industry-driven solution that provides regional manufacturers with training and knowledge to implement Industry 4.0 solutions. The pilot project is supported by the County of Simcoe, member municipalities, the Cities of Barrie and Orillia, Georgian College, Lakehead University and the Government of […]

Action Play Centre in Midland looking to become small private school

Mike and Jennifer Hearn are unimpressed with the Ministry of Education’s plan for the 2020 school year, so much so that they’ve decided to offer local families an alternative. The Hearns are transforming their business, the Action Play Centre, into a small private school. The Academic Play Centre: Midland’s Mini School will house two 10-student […]

New program at Georgian College will provide students with paid work

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Georgian College is expanding its commitment to work-integrated learning with the launch of the Drive Ability – Opening Doors Program, a new initiative that will provide students and recent graduates with the hands-on experience and career-ready skills to succeed in today’s global economy. Funded by the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development’s Career Ready […]