Training programs to ready job seekers for forestry sector

More than $2.4 million in funding will help train people in northwestern Ontario to be ready for jobs in the forest sector.

The provincial government announced on Sept. 6 it was providing the funding for two SkillsAdvance Ontario projects.

Confederation College is receiving $1,193,467 in funding to help 144 workers and people looking for jobs gain the skills and work experience needed by employers in Thunder Bay.

The training will take place at Nakina, Kenora, Thunder Bay and White River. It will focus on skills and experience needed for mechanical harvesting equipment operator, wood processing basics, control systems and lifeskills training. The program also includes paid job placements with participating employers.