BURLINGTON (December 18, 2019) – The Ontario Government is supporting people in Burlington and in Halton Region so they can prepare for rewarding, well-paying careers in the skilled trades, and employers can get the skilled workforce they need to make Ontario open for business and open for jobs.
About one in five new jobs in Ontario over the next five years is expected to be in trades-related occupations. This year, the province will provide funding for local colleges and community organizations throughout Ontario to deliver pre-apprenticeship training programs. These programs help people gain experience and knowledge in trades and foundational job skills to secure fulfilling and vibrant jobs.
“Our government is taking action to address the skills shortage in Ontario,” said Jane McKenna, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development. “We know there are vacancies in the skilled trades, and we are working hard to help people in Burlington and throughout Halton Region match their skills to the ones local employers need. This investment means that more people will get trained in the professions we need for today and tomorrow.”
The Centre for Skills Development is receiving $214,105 as part of Ontario’s 2019 approved Pre- Apprenticeships Training Programs to deliver their Industrial Electrician program for 20 youth.
“Centre for Skills Development is thrilled to receive this funding for another intake. Centre for Skills has been proudly offering this provincially funded program since 2000, assisting successful graduates get their first training-related job and assist students wishing to pursue apprenticeships. Centre for Skills is committed to addressing the skilled trades shortage in Ontario and continues to look for partnerships and innovative solutions to fill the gaps. From our 2018-2019 skilled trades programs, 93% of Centre for Skilled Trades students found employment in their respective fields”
Pre-apprenticeship programs are free for participants and always includes a work placement. The programs also promote careers in the trades for all Ontarians, including newcomers, youth, women and Indigenous people.
The government recently passed the Modernizing the Skilled Trades and Apprenticeship Act, 2019 as part of the Protecting What Matters Most, 2019 Budget Act to help transform the skilled trades and apprenticeship system, reduce red tape, and make Ontario open for jobs.
- For 2019-20, Ontario expanded its investment in pre-apprenticeship training to $20.8 million – an increase of $2.5 million from the previous year.
- This expanded investment will fund 91 projects across the province and help more than 1,800 people across the province prepare for jobs in the skilled trades.
- Pre-apprenticeship training programs last up to one year and often combine level one apprenticeship classroom training in the program’s principal trade and an 8-12 week placement.
- Pre-apprenticeship training is free and includes the cost of books, safety equipment and tools.
- Retirements in the skilled trades are a main driver of the need for more skilled workers. In 2016, 31 per cent of skilled trades journeypersons were aged 55 years and over, compared to 22 per cent of all workers in Ontario.
- To find out about other local programs, contact Employment Ontario by phone, email or chat.
- Job seekers can visit ca/openforbusiness to get training, build their skills and access career information.