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  • December 09, 2016

Educators and Employers in Quinte Team up for Skills Training

Province Invests in Pilot Project in Quinte Region

Ontario is supporting Quinte Economic Development Commission & Loyalist College on a skills training pilot that will give jobseekers a training opportunity in the manufacturing sector that can lead to long term employment.

Today, Lou Rinaldi, M.P.P. for Northumberland-Quinte West was at the Quinte Business Development Centre where he highlighted that the province is investing $895,000 in Elevate Plus, a new skills training pilot for the manufacturing sector in the Quinte region. The project will train up to 120 people in industry-specific skills that employers need. Employer partners in the pilot host placements that have the potential to turn into permanent positions for job seekers with long-term sustainability and opportunities for advancement. To date, 11 jobseekers have graduated from the program, and all have found employment upon completion of the program.

Supporting skills training in the manufacturing sector is part of the government’s economic plan to build Ontario up and make life easier for the people of Ontario.


"I’m thrilled that our government is making a major investment to ensure Quinte region jobseekers receive the highest standard of skills training. The Elevate Plus skills training pilot we announced today will give up to 120 people the skills and hands-on experience they need to thrive in the manufacturing industry, and contribute to our economy.”
– Lou Rinaldi, M.P.P., Northumberland-Quinte West

“Training Ontario’s workforce is one of the most important things we can do for our people, and Quinte Economic Development Commission & Loyalist College are setting an inspiring example. We are proud to support their partnership for Elevate Plus, a project that will create a pool of trained individuals with skills that match exactly what employers in the Quinte region are looking for.”

– Deb Matthews, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development

“A skilled workforce is a key factor in attracting and retaining industry in the Bay of Quinte Region.  Thanks to the funding of this pilot project local individuals that want to work in food processing, manufacturing or logistics sectors can develop the skills and knowledge required to obtain full time permanent employment in these important industrial sectors.” 

–  Chris King, Chief Executive Officer, Quinte Economic Development Commission   

“We were delighted that Loyalist’s Training and Knowledge Centre was first selected to design and deliver training for the Elevate project and that we are able to continue to collaborate with community partners and stakeholders for delivery of this new and important program. The Elevate Plus Training program is perfectly aligned with the College’s mission and strategic focus on providing access to excellent training and applied education.”

–  Ann Marie Vaughan, President & CEO, Loyalist College 


  • Ontario will fund Quinte Economic Development Commission with $895,000 over two years, to pilot Elevate Plus, an employer-focused skills training and employment project for the manufacturing sector.
  • Up to 120 people from the Quinte region will receive an exceptional opportunity to improve their skills and gain hands-on employment experience with the expectation of a job at the end.
  • Loyalist College will provide the academic portion of the training project.
  • Elevate Plus is one of three SkillsAdvance pilots in Ontario that offer industry-specific skills training for jobseekers.



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For further information contact:

Lou Rinaldi, M.P.P.

Northumberland-Quinte West




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