Mohawk College is Preparing Workers with the Skills Required to Rapidly Transition to a Clean Economy
President Ron J. McKerlie announced today that Mohawk College has been participating in virtual meetings being led by the Canadian Colleges for a Resilient Recovery (C2R2) with federal parliamentarians this week on May 8 and 9, 2023.
C2R2 is a coalition of 14 highly aligned institutions from across Canada with an established commitment to sustainability that has come together to provide the skills required to transition to a clean economy in Canada. C2R2’s administration and secretariat are managed by Mohawk College.
An early success of the C2R2 coalition is Quick Train Canada. Quick Train is focused on providing Canadian workers and employers with options to update skills quickly through multi-week, virtual and in-person learning designed to boost job security and participation as the economy transitions to more sustainable practices.
C2R2 members are meeting with parliamentarians and decision-makers to discuss how the government can further utilize C2R2’s expertise to deliver and implement training and inclusive economic recovery. Existing training opportunities include:
- Rapid training and upskilling through Quick Train Canada – a national curriculum and microcredential delivery platform serving employees and employers across Canada;
- A focus on innovation, research, and advancement with respect to climate action and sustainability to support a low-carbon future; and
- Alignment with employer needs, industry partnerships, work placement opportunities and community relationships.
“Mohawk College and C2R2 members across Canada are positioned to quickly develop thousands of training and applied research opportunities to help Canadians access new careers, support the transition to a low-carbon economy, and foster inclusion, diversity, and equity. I am excited that we are carrying this message to our parliamentarians in Ottawa,” said President McKerlie.
The C2R2 ecosystem is agile, working with its 14 partner institutions and 14 industry partners coast to coast to coast to seek expert advice, implement best practices, and rapidly address current trends, concerns, and needs arising in Canadian communities and industries. Quick Train has 31 programs currently available. 2016 learners are currently enrolled or have already completed Quick Train programs.
“C2R2 is positioned to be a leader in Canada's evolving ecosystem and play the critical support role needed for true success as we plan for the future,” continued President McKerlie. “We are proud to be members of C2R2 and to contribute to this important work to benefit workers and industries across our country.”