There is a serious shortage of skilled workers in Ontario.
On any given day, tens of thousands of jobs go unfilled. Many of those are in the skilled trades.
Ontario recently implemented several Pre-apprenticeship Programs to encourage people wanting to enter the skilled trade market. This initiative forms part of the government’s Open for Business, Training and Skills Development programs.
The free Pre-apprenticeship training promotes careers in the trades as an option for all Ontario residents, including youth at risk, new Canadians, women, adults and indigenous people. Please refer to the link below.
Minister McNaughton said, “We need to do a better job at enticing young people and parents to the trades.”
The reality is, skilled trades offer exciting and challenging careers. This often requires solid math and problem solving skills and exposure to the latest technologies, e.g. 3D printing and robotics.
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Earn and Learn
You work and learn from experienced workers and instructors who know the trade, while getting paid. A skilled trade is learnt on the job and theoretical training in a college campus or in a union training centre.
For most trades, you work a year and then switch to studying in class for 8 to 12 weeks, either full or part-time. It takes between 2 to 5 years to complete an apprenticeship.
Apprenticeship is a pathway to a rewarding career in the trades.
- Grants and/or federal tax credits.
- Fosters loyal employees.
- Hire the best through pre-apprenticeship programs.
- Training the next generation.