Confederation College Gains Apprenticeship Diploma Co-op


Bill MauroTHUNDER BAY – Beginning in fall 2011, students at Confederation College will have the valuable opportunity to earn a college diploma and a Certificate of Qualification in a skilled-trade at the same time.

Thirteen colleges across Ontario will welcome new students into the Co-op Diploma Apprenticeship program when classes begin in 2011-12. The program allows students to pursue both diploma courses at college and on-the-job apprenticeship training for a related skilled trade, giving them a competitive edge to find work.

The Co-Op Diploma Apprenticeship Program lets participants pursue both diploma courses and apprenticeship in-school training for a related skilled trade. This adds flexibility to the apprenticeship system, responds to the needs of Ontario employers, and attracts more people to the skilled trades.

Confederation College is receiving funding that will help students gain hands-on training and pursue their certification:

    • $185,000 funding – Culinary Management Program – 10 students   
    • $189,000 funding – Instrumentation Engineering Technician Program – 12 students

“Our government is pleased to provide funding for this apprenticeship program. which gives our students a competitive edge in their field and more opportunities for in-demand jobs.  This program provides another option for young people who are considering trades training. It allows students to study for a diploma and also work in their field of interest as an apprentice, so that they have real on-the-job experience — a combination of learning and skills which may prove attractive to employers,” states Bill Mauro MPP, Thunder Bay-Atikokan.


Michael Gravelle, the Minister for Northern Development, Mines and Forestry shares, “I’m delighted to see this additional funding for Confederation College, which has such a strong track record in preparing students to succeed in the working world.  Supporting these types of apprenticeship programs is part of how our government is building a highly-skilled and educated workforce, to ensure a strong economy for Northern Ontario for the future.”  


“Classroom learning combined with on-the-job training for a specific trade is a proven recipe for success and makes graduates more appealing for employers,” concluded John Milloy, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities.

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