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Ontario Attracts Historic Number of People to Skilled Trades

Taslima Jamal

Apprenticeship registrations increased by a record 24 per cent last year

As more people choose to pursue rewarding, well-paying careers in the skilled trades, the Ontario government has increased apprenticeship registrations by 24% over the past year, from 21,971 to 27,319. Additionally, the province’s highly acclaimed skilled trades career fairs for students will be expanding to even more cities throughout the province for their second year.

“As we construct a more grounded Ontario that works for everybody, we want to guarantee understudies and jobseekers have some familiarity with the compensating long lasting vocations hanging tight for them in the gifted exchanges,” said Monte McNaughton, Priest of Work, Migration, Preparing and Abilities Improvement. ” Being an electrician or a carpenter is just as valuable as being an architect or a lawyer. I’m happy that more young people are realizing the skilled trades’ promise of good pay, pensions, and work with a purpose.

Over 100,000 new skilled tradespeople will be required in Ontario during this decade in order to assist in implementing the ambitious infrastructure plans of the province, which include the construction of 1.5 million homes by the year 2031. The launch of a new agency and more than $1 billion in investment in skilled trades over three years led to the historic rise in apprenticeship registrations, including a 28% increase among women: Ontario’s Skilled Trades.

Minister of Education Stephen Lecce stated, “We are taking action across the board by making it easier for students to have apprenticeships, skills, and credentials recognized toward their Diploma.” This expands on Ontario’s recent decision to mandate that all students take at least one technological education course, broadening students’ access to well-paying STEM and skilled careers.

Ontario’s skilled trades career fairs for students will be returning for the second year in a row and will be held in more cities in an effort to lessen the negative perception of the trades and educate more students, teachers, and parents about these life-altering opportunities. The cities, dates, and additional information regarding the 2023 fairs will be announced later this summer.

Melissa Young, CEO and Registrar of Skilled Trades Ontario, stated, “Now is the time to build a rewarding career in the skilled trades.”

“With record ventures being made in framework, we direly need talented specialists to fulfill need. It is an honor for Skilled Trades Ontario to collaborate with the Ministry to promote these exciting opportunities, eliminate obstacles, and give the next generation of skilled trades professionals the tools they need to succeed.

Through interactive exhibitions and hands-on activities, students in grades 7-12 will have the opportunity to learn about the 144 skilled trades and hear directly from tradespeople and local employers about these lucrative careers. 12,800 students, parents, friends, and teachers attended events in Ottawa, London, Mississauga, and Thunder Bay last year.

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