Spark Power Group Inc. of Oakville is getting a $5.3-million grant from the provincial government’s Skills Development Fund.
The grant will support Spark Power’s employee training and company advancement initiatives within the company.
“Thanks to the Ontario Government’s prioritization of provincially-based organizations that are focused on training and developing their workforces, our company can continue to attract and retain technical trades people from across the province and beyond,” said Richard Jackson, President and CEO at Spark.
“We can also ensure our team has world-class experience and the latest skills and knowledge to be competitive in our ever-changing and developing industry.”
The local company will use the grant to run a one-year program between April 2021 and March 2022 to support current and future employees in several different ways, including:
- Invest in the development and launch of “SparkU”, a centralized space for Spark Power employees to learn, contribute, and hone their skills throughout their career life cycle.
- Utilize hands-on, state-of-the-art tools, such as virtual reality, to help enhance educational modules in the field and at our new Spark Campus training center, set for completion in 2022.
- Expand our training platform by offering virtual reality training and other online tools for remote employees.
- Create opportunities for our employees to participate in the development of Spark-specific training modules that reflect Spark’s various areas of technical expertise, including low voltage, medium voltage, high voltage, and renewables services.
- Significantly enhance on-the-job training for Spark’s apprentices in the field.
- Allow the Company to have greater community impact at the high school and post-secondary levels through a scholarship program for under-represented populations and investment in outreach programs that promote future generations of electricians and electrical technicians in Ontario.
“Young people need to know that a career in the electrical trades is in-demand, exciting and within reach,” said Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development. “We’re helping them get there by investing in great ideas like this one, which will help new and experienced electrical professionals sharpen their skills with state-of-the-art training.
“This is just one more way we’re keeping our economy strong.”
Spark Power is an independent provider of end-to-end electrical services, operations and maintenance services, and energy sustainability solutions to the industrial, commercial, utility, and renewable asset markets in North America.