The W. Garfield Weston fellowship program established at Loyalist College to attract students to skilled trades careers

The W. Garfield Weston fellowship program established at Loyalist College to 
attract students to skilled trades careers 
BELLEVILLE, ON, March 15, 2013 /CNW/ - At the Loyalist College Board of 
Governors meeting, the College and The W. Garfield Weston Foundation announced 
a three-year pilot project which will provide financial support for students 
entering Skilled Trades programs. 
Designed to attract students to Skilled Trades careers, the new W. Garfield 
Weston Fellowship Program will offer tuition and bursary incentives to help 
students train for and succeed in this growing labour market. A total of 
$240,000 will be available during the three-year program. 
"Today we step into the future with Loyalist College to create a model program 
to address Canada's great need for skilled workers," wrote Eliza Mitchell, 
Chair of the Education Committee with The W. Garfield Weston Foundation. "The 
W. Garfield Weston Foundation's commitment will enable Loyalist College over 
the next three years to shape a program that will help over 60 talented 
individuals to build lasting careers in the skilled trades. It will provide 
incentives for students to go beyond a one-year certificate to earn a diploma 
or complete apprenticeship training, enabling them to turn a job into a 
The pilot project will provide 30 post-secondary students and 30 apprentices 
with tuition credits from the College, and bursary funding from The W. 
Garfield Weston Foundation to complete their education at Loyalist over the 
next three years. The project will begin in the fall of 2013. 
"We fully expect that at the end of the three years, the Loyalist program will 
be one that leads other Colleges forward in building a stronger workforce," 
wrote Eliza Mitchell. "It is our pleasure to be working with Loyalist in 
shaping this innovative program. Our family Foundation has a long history of 
supporting students interested in pursuing a College education. In the 1990s, 
we established the W. Garfield Weston Scholars program, the first national 
scholarship program for College students. Each year we are delighted to hear 
about the 50 leading students who have been given the support they need to 
attend their College of choice thanks to that program." 
"We are very proud to partner with The W. Garfield Weston Foundation in this 
initiative," said Loyalist President Maureen Piercy. "Support like this is so 
important to bring focus to Skilled Trades education and training. We applaud 
the directors for their vision and support in establishing The W. Garfield 
Weston Foundation Fellowship Program. Loyalist is committed to enhancing 
opportunities for individuals interested in careers in Skilled Trades. We know 
that growing demands for training of a highly skilled workforce will be met by 
programs such as those taught in our Sustainable Skills, Technology and Life 
Sciences Centre." 
The W. Garfield Weston Foundation is a private Canadian family foundation, 
established in the 1950s by Willard Garfield Weston and his wife Reta. In 
1924 Garfield inherited his father's company and during his life established 
bakeries and other successful enterprises throughout Canada and in many parts 
of the world. Today, these businesses include the George Weston Limited and 
Loblaw Companies Limited, companies in food retailing, processing and 
distribution. The founders believed that as the funds are generated through 
the hard work and success of these Canadian companies, grants should be given 
in Canada for the benefit of Canadians. For three generations, The W. Garfield 
Weston Foundation has maintained a family tradition of supporting charitable 
organizations across Canada. Today the Foundation directs the majority of its 
funds to projects in the fields of land conservation, education, and science 
in Canada's North. 
Loyalist College prepares students for a rewarding career by combining 
rigorous academic standards with hands-on training from industry experts. 
Programs range from apprenticeships and certificates to diplomas and 
post-graduate studies. Loyalist offers more than 60 full-time programs and 77 
university transfer agreements around the world. The best testament to the 
College's value is from students, 97 percent of whom say they would recommend 
Loyalist to a friend. Loyalist is committed to helping students find great 
jobs, as well as supporting and enhancing the economic and social development 
of all individuals in its communities. For more information on Loyalist 
College, please visit 
Dianne Spencer, Executive Director, College Advancement & External  Relations; 
(613) 969-1913, ext. 2235; 
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