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New Action Centre provides job training and services

OSHAWA: Ontario is helping manufacturing workers in the Durham region get the training they need to rejoin the workforce quickly. On behalf of Minister McNaughton, Whitby MPP Lorne Coe announced the opening of a second Action Centre to provide services and support to help up to 1,700 workers from Independent Parts Supplier companies who were impacted by the closure at the General Motors Assembly Plant in Oshawa. The Action Centre is in partnership with Unifor. The new Centre connects workers with job and training opportunities, counselling services, and workshops that help them improve their job search, résumé writing and interview skills. A job fair is also being organized on April 22nd, 2020, at Durham College in Oshawa to help connect workers with local job opportunities quicker. “With this new Action Centre, we’re helping more workers who were impacted by the closure of the GM Assembly Plant in Oshawa,” said Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development. “We know this is a challenging time for many workers and families. Our government stands with the people in Durham region, and we will continue to help those affected by the closure adjust and retrain so they can quickly rejoin the workforce.” “The Ontario government’s investment in this action centre will provide our members with the vital peer-led support and employment services during this difficult transition period,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “Our union strongly supported situating the action centre within the Unifor Local 222 hall, which will provide our members with continued Unifor support and a comfortable and familiar environment in which to access these vital services.” Ontario’s Rapid Re-employment and Training Service and local Action Centres are dedicated to connecting job-seekers with immediate support and quick access to training for good, quality jobs.

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