Province Encourages Students To Learn The Trades
Norm Miller MPP for Parry Sound Muskoka says the province is working to bring more people into skilled trades and encouraging employers to hire more apprentices. The province is facing a serious labour shortage which has the potential to get progressively worse. Over the first nine months of 2019, Ontario employers had, on average, 204,000 job openings across all occupations and industries
On Friday, Monte McNaughton, the Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development, launched a marketing campaign to highlight good-quality, well-paying and flexible careers in the trades, under the slogan ‘Find a Career You Wouldn’t Trade.’
“Finding enough skilled works is a problem that many businesses in Parry Sound-Muskoka face” Miller said. “I am glad to see the government taking steps to address this growing problem in our community”.
The government is also investing approximately $75 million in three programs to expose high school students to the trades: $12.7 million in the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program, $42 million in the Specialist High Skills major program and $20.8 million in a pre-apprenticeship program.