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April 17, 2008 10:39 ET

Dollars for Skills Education-A Boon for Ontario Trades

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 17, 2008) -

Attention: Legal, News, Business and Education Media Editors

Minister Dwight Duncan announced recently that he intends to allocate $1.5 billion on a Skills to Jobs Action Plan over the next three years. One of the key stated objectives of this initiative is to provide individuals with new skills for new careers.

The funding for the Action Plan will be allocated to support the following objectives:

- to support new skills for new careers

- to expand post-secondary financial aid for students

- to build places for students to learn

- to eventually transition 20,000 unemployed workers to new careers and well-paying jobs through skills-training initiatives

"This is truly welcome news if the Ministry materially supports the growth of private post-secondary vocational training schools," says Harris Rosen, a partner at the Toronto law firm of Fogler Rubinoff LLP.

"The Private Career Colleges Act, 2005 was proclaimed to address standards, to protect students, to deal with complaints from foreign governments, and to raise the bar with respect to poor marketing practices of the few offending schools," adds Rosen, a legal expert, and advisor to much of the private career college sector.

With an ageing workforce, low birth rates, and a significant need for skilled trades people and hospital workers, private career colleges will become increasingly vital to our economy in satisfying the labour market demand and ensuring that the economy remains healthy.

"These schools will continue to provide tens of thousands of students each year with an education that will give them future mobility and meet the growing need for skilled trades in industry. Many of the students are recent immigrants to Canada.

"The face of post-secondary education is rapidly changing," Rosen commented.

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