Despite the hurdles of 2020, and 2021, the Eastern Ontario Training Board [EOTB] has continued to expand its footprint in our region by getting more people back to work, helping employers find skilled labour and now, creating a new home.
This summer EOTB moved into its spacious new campus right in the middle of Cornwall’s downtown.
EOTB facilitated a major renovation at 16 Second Street West, the home of the former Scotiabank. The 5,000 sq.-ft. facility now includes classroom space for training sessions, a large boardroom for conference meetings and additional office space. The facilities are even available for rent. The property and its amenities completely adhere to COVID-19 safety protocols.
To celebrate its new home EOTB is hosting an open house August 26, from 1 to 3 pm. The event is open to the public. COVID 19 health and safety guidelines will be observed; as such, a limited number of guests will be granted entry at one time. Some of the new space is already spoken for.
EOTB has partnered with the Newcomer Employment Welcome Services Centre, as well as the Cornwall and Area Chamber of Commerce and the CÉSOC (Conseil Économique et Social d’Ottawa Carleton)’s Settlement Program for Francophones – all of which is housed in one facility.
Some of the projects that the EOTB facilitates include DZ drivers licence training, financial literacy programming, introduction to the trades, newcomer services and labour market information collection.
“This move will accommodate EOTB’s expanding footprint, as our organization continues to implement new programming to serve the community’s needs,” said Woods. “A centralized location allows for greater contact with our community and the clients we serve.”
The EOTB was established in 1998 to guide workforce planning and development in support of government training programs and employment related services. This includes labour market research, identifying priorities for training; making recommendations on programs and services to ensure they are accessible, effective and responsive to local needs; and working with community partners to resolve labour market and socio-economic development issues.