Ontario government joins forces with the construction industry to create more training opportunities for youth
TORONTO, Nov. 29 /CNW/ - The Ontario government and the Ontario Construction Secretariat are joining forces to encourage more young people to consider careers in construction skilled trades, said Dianne Cunningham, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities.
"It's important to give students access to information about the wide range of careers available to them," Cunningham said. "The government's new high school program encourages students to make informed choices about careers and the education and training they will need to achieve their goals."
The minister made the announcement, accompanied by her Parliamentary Assistant, Raminder Gill, at Future Building 2001. This three-day exhibition at the Metro Convention Centre will introduce high school students and other young people to a hands-on experience of the construction industry and the wide range of careers available in the skilled trades. The Ontario government is a sponsor of the exhibition.
A feature of the exhibition is the 'Made with the Trades' video series highlighting 21 skilled trades. The Ontario Construction Secretariat and the Ontario government have distributed the DVDs to high schools across the province to provide students, teachers and guidance counsellors with information about careers in construction today.
"Some builders say they are having a hard time finding enough skilled workers to complete projects on time," said Gill. "The average age of construction workers in Ontario is increasing, so the industry must plan to recruit and train the next generation of workers."
Ontario government programs encourage students and young people to consider careers in the skilled trades:
- The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program allows high school students
to begin training in a skilled trade while completing their high
school education. More than 6,000 students and 4,000 employers are
currently participating in the program.
- The Passport to Prosperity program is designed to ensure that students
are making informed choices. The program was developed with the
Ministry of Education. Since the launch of Passport to Prosperity,
more than 5,000 employers have signed up to participate in school-work
- Job Connect is designed for individuals who need help in finding and
keeping jobs. Services are available to youth across the province.
Adult services are available in some communities.
- The 2001 budget announced support to double the number of entrants to
apprenticeship programs. As part of this initiative, Ontario will
establish a pre-apprenticeship program, encourage experienced skilled
workers (journeypersons) to update their skills and launch a campaign
to promote careers in skilled trades.
- Through the Apprenticeship Enhancement Fund, the government is
providing $50 million over five years to modernize equipment and
facilities in colleges for apprenticeship programs.
"By providing opportunities, like these programs and Future Building 2001, we are helping students to explore and even start their careers while completing high school," Cunningham said. "We are helping students and young people to approach the job market with insight, and with relevant experience."
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For further information: Dave Ross, Minister's Office, (416) 326-1625; Tanya Cholakov, Communications Branch, (416) 325-7526