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Skilled trades gets government boost

About one in five new jobs in Ontario over the next five years is expected to be in trade-related occupations

There is more money being pumped into skilled trades in the province.

Nipissing MPP Vic Fedeli announced today that Canadore College is getting $316,796 to deliver Electrician-Construction and Maintenance training (Youth and Indigenous Peoples) to 17 students, and General Carpenter training (Women, Indigenous Peoples, New Canadians, Youth at Risk) to another 17 participants.

"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," said Fedeli.

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.

The program helps potential entrants to the apprenticeship system develop their job skills and trade readiness so that they will be prepared to find work as apprentices.

About one in five new jobs in Ontario over the next five years is expected to be in trade-related occupations.

Pre-apprenticeship programs are free for participants and always include a work placement and the cost of textbooks, safety equipment, and tools.

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.

Retirements in the skilled trades are the 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.

Job seekers can visit to get training, build their skills and access career information.

Jeff Turl

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