Ontario Investing in Jobs Training in NipissingNovember 8, 2019
NORTH BAY – Ontario’s Government for the People is supporting people in Nipissing so that 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.
Nipissing MPP Vic Fedeli announced today that Canadore College is receiving $316,796 to deliver Electrician-Construction and Maintenance training (Youth and Indigenous Peoples) to 17 participants, and General Carpenter training (Women, Indigenous Peoples, New Canadians, Youth at Risk) to another 17 participants.
“Our government is taking action to address the skills shortage in Ontario,” said Fedeli. “We know there are vacancies in the skilled trades, and we are working hard to help people in Nipissing 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.”
This funding is in addition to $514,624 announced earlier this year for Canadore to deliver Cook training in North Bay, and General Carpenter training in North Bay and Parry Sound through Ontario’s Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program.
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.
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 business and 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 along with an 8-12 week work placement.
- Pre-apprenticeship training is free and includes the cost of textbooks, 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 live chat.
- Job seekers can visit ontario.ca/openforbusiness to get training, build their skills and access career information.