Additional funding will help learners in Peel Region gain in-demand skills
NEWS April 25, 2022
Brampton — Ontario is awarding Sheridan College with over $615,000 for its innovative proposal to expand its micro-credential programs, helping more learners in Peel Region rapidly upskill and reskill for in-demand jobs. This project is supported through the province’s $15 million investment to accelerate the development of micro-credentials across the province.
“I want to congratulate Sheridan College on being one of eight institutions to receive an Ontario Micro-credentials Community Impact Award,” said Jill Dunlop, Minister of Colleges and Universities. “By increasing capacity of our micro-credential programs, our government is committing to training graduates in key sectors to address Ontario’s labour needs while the province continues to make nation-leading investments in the auto sector and build new, critical infrastructure like hospitals, roads and bridges.”
“Expansion of these rapid training initiatives at Sheridan College will help learners develop in-demand skills so they can immediately contribute to a future-proof workforce that will deliver on Ontario’s most urgent priorities,” said Amarjot Sandhu, MPP for Brampton West. “From technology to health human resources, our government’s support of micro-credentials will help meet the local labour needs of Peel Region, benefitting not just learners, but also employers.”
Since 2021, the Ontario government has supported the development of up to 250 new micro-credentials at colleges, universities, Indigenous Institutes and private career colleges through the Ontario Micro-credentials Challenge Fund. Designed in partnership with industry, employers and other organizations, these micro-credentials are responding to regional labour market needs, while increasing collaboration between the private and public sectors.
Institutions that demonstrated success in enhancing community partnerships, driving economic recovery and increasing job growth with their micro-credentials were eligible for additional funding through the Community Impact Award to support expansion of the micro-credentials they developed through the Challenge Fund.