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:
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.
"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
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