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Supporting Apprentices in Ottawa to Learn a Skilled Trade

Ontario Investing in Free Pre-Apprenticeship Training Across Province


Ontario is providing free training for apprentices in Ottawa to support successful careers in the skilled trades.

Today, MPP Chiarelli was at Algonquin College where he highlighted that the province is investing a combined $1.6 million through Pre-Apprenticeship Training programs to help local trainees develop trade-specific knowledge, job skills and employment experience to start an apprenticeship in their trades. These local investments include:

  • Algonquin College is receiving $245,767 to deliver a program which will train 20 indigenous pre-apprentices to hone their skills in the trades of Cook and Assistant Cook.
  • La Cité is receiving $186,518 to deliver a program of Electrician and Plumbing training in French to 20 participants. They are also receiving $162,837 to deliver a program of brick and stone mason and roofer training to 15 participants. Both of these programs are focused on Youth, Women, indigenous people, unemployed and newcomers.
  • Ontario Masonry Training Centre is receiving $238,800 to deliver a program of Brick and Stone and Restoration and Refractory Mason training to 20 participants focused on youth aged between 18-29.
  • YMCA-YWCA National Capital Region is receiving $224,000 to deliver a program of General Carpentry and Drywall Finisher and plasterer and Tarrazzo, Tile and Marble Setter training to 20 participants focused on new Canadians.
  • Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre is receiving $193,786 to deliver a program of General Carpentry and 5 additional secondary construction trades training to 24 participants focused on Low income and visible minority youth, New Canadians, Women and Indigenous Peoples.
  • LiUNA Local 527 is receiving $186,852 to deliver a program of Construction Craft worker and Cement Finisher/Brick and Stone Mason training to 20 participants focused on Youth, unemployed, underrepresented groups requiring academic upgrading, individuals with criminal records.
  • The Ontario Industrial and Finishing Skills Centre is receiving $163,739 to deliver a program of Architectural Glass and Metal Technician and Commercial and Residential Painter and Decorator training to 15 participants focused on Youth, unemployed, underrepresented groups requiring academic upgrading, individuals with criminal records. 

People who are interested in working in a trade but don’t have the skills or experience to get a job as an apprentice, can apply for this free training.

Investing in a modern apprenticeship system that provides people with the skills and training they need to succeed is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.

QUOTES 

"Ontario is investing $1.6 million in Ottawa to create opportunities for more people to receive training and education in skilled trades, which will support greater economic growth and job creation, and help build a dynamic economy that works for all.”

— Bob Chiarelli, MPP for Ottawa West-Nepean on behalf of the Ottawa Caucus

“We know that when we reach potential tradespeople early with introductory training, they stand a better chance of completing apprenticeship training and enjoying rewarding, well-paid careers in the trades. By investing in pre-apprenticeship programs we’re ensuring that people in Ontario get the skills and training they need for the jobs of today and tomorrow.”

—Deb Matthews, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development

“We are working together with communities to improve outcomes for Indigenous students, and to change the way we relate to and reflect the knowledge systems of Indigenous peoples. I want to acknowledge the Provincial Government for recognizing the importance of funding programs such as these. Rethinking both curriculum and program delivery through community engagement is fundamental.”

— Cheryl Jensen, President of Algonquin College

“The results of the Pre-Apprenticeship Training programs are positive for students who are traditionally under-represented in skilled trades, for employers and the community. In addition to the fact that this training is at no cost for students, they also get a chance to be trained in more than one trade and ultimately contributing to the development of a highly-skilled workforce – a competitive advantage for the province.”

—Lise Bourgeois, President of La Cité

QUICK FACTS

  • An apprenticeship is formal training for those who want a career in the skilled trades. It combines training on the job and in the classroom.
  • 7 local organizations will receive $1.6 million from the province.
  • Ontario is investing more than $14 million this year in pre-apprenticeship training to help people across the province prepare for jobs in the skilled trades. Pre-apprenticeship training is free, and the program pays for text books, safety equipment and tools.
  • Programs last up to one year, and focus on two or more in-demand skilled trades. All programs offer an eight to twelve week work placement, and most also provide level one apprenticeship classroom training in the program’s principal trade.
  • To find out about other local programs, contact Employment Ontario by phone, e-mail or live chat.

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