Premier Aviation and St. Clair College Announce Training Partnership

Executives from Premier Aviation along with Mayor Drew Dilkens, and St. Clair President Patricia France at today’s announcement.
Executives from Premier Aviation along with Mayor Drew Dilkens, and St. Clair President Patricia France at today’s announcement.

(Windsor, Ontario) - Premier Aviation Windsor Inc. is pleased to announce that St. Clair College will be delivering a customized training program to train 36 aircraft maintenance and repair workers to supply local skilled labour for its Windsor Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) facility. In the past, workers have had to be trained at Premier Aviation’s Three Rivers facility in Quebec. In order to retain workers and continue to grow its local operations, this customized training will assist to establish a locally-trained workforce. The training is funded with $292,273 from the Canada-Ontario Job Grant, a joint initiative of the Governments of Canada and Ontario that helps employers in Ontario train their workforce.

Ronnie Di Bartolo, Premier Aviation’s President and CEO, said: “This collaboration with St. Clair College to deliver training customized to our needs represents a tremendous opportunity for Premier Aviation Windsor. We are committed to delivering industry-leading quality, value and turnaround times. These additional 36 aircraft maintenance and repair employees that will be trained and hired is an important milestone in our strategic growth plan for the Windsor MRO facility and will enhance support to our growing customer base in Windsor.”

With 143,000 square feet of production capacity in a flow-through hangar and office space, Premier Aviation’s Windsor MRO facility is capable of handling all types of aircraft including the B-747 and is the primary source of MRO services at the Windsor, Ontario airport. Jean-Pierre Bastien, Vice President of Operations, and Aitzaz Gurmani, Financial Controller, are eager to start the recruitment efforts for the 36 trainees and are excited to announce an Information Night for interested candidates on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 6:00 pm hosted at Premier Aviation’s facility.

This training meets a direct need of local industry, provides accessible training to local trainees within their own geographical area and, upon successful completion of training, obtain a good local employment opportunity. “St. Clair College is committed to delivering high-quality, accessible education and training to meet the needs of learners and the labour market of Southwestern Ontario. We continue to build upon our reputation as a strong community resource by listening and responding to local industry needs,” said Patricia France, President of St. Clair College. The aircraft maintenance and structural repair customized training will provide trainees with practical, integrated learning experiences and a body of knowledge related to the maintenance and repair of aircraft. The training is a unique offering as a result of collaboration with Premier Aviation and community partners.

Mayor Drew Dilkens has been a tireless advocate and has played a key role in bringing the partners together in the development of a training program that would meet the needs of Premier Aviation. The City of Windsor not only recognizes the importance of this initiative for Premier, but also the need to provide opportunities for local talent to be trained in industries that diversify and strengthen our economy.

The Honourable Deb Matthews, Deputy Premier and Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development, states: “Our government is proud to support Premier Aviation and St. Clair College on this important project that will create more than 30 jobs for aircraft mechanics in Windsor. Building a skilled workforce is one of the most important things we can do for Ontario’s economy, but we can’t do it alone. When government, educators and employers work together, we can create good jobs, grow local businesses and build Ontario’s competitive advantage.”

"To grow the middle class and strengthen our economy, we need to help Canadians get the right skills to get good quality jobs. Through our partnership with Ontario, St. Clair College and Premier Aviation will be able to provide Ontarians the opportunity to receive the best training to develop the skills that are needed," said The Honourable MaryAnn Mihychuk, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour.

“I want to thank all of the partners who came to the table to make this unique training program a reality,” said Mayor Drew Dilkens. “Premier Aviation is a leader in the industry and St. Clair College is well-known for their commitment to excellence. This partnership of government, business and education will not only be of benefit to our local workforce, but will strengthen our local economy as well.”

This training initiative is funded in part by Premier Aviation and the City of Windsor.

Funding provided by the Government of Canada through the Canada Job Grant Programs delivered by the Government of Ontario.

Premier Aviation will host an information night on TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2016 at 6pm at their location at 4000 County Road 42 for the purpose of recruiting interested candidates for this training program. Candidates should bring their resumes and will complete an application for consideration for this program.