Ontario Allocates $36 Million to Help Apprentices Become Ready to Work
Province Invests in 47 Capital Projects and 84 Training Programs
Ontario is supporting growth in high-demand jobs by introducing more young people to careers in the skilled trades to help ensure Ontario's future workforce has the skills and training for the jobs of tomorrow.
Today, Minister Moridi was at George Brown College, where he highlighted that, as announced in the 2015 Budget, the province is investing $36 million over two years to help the next generation of skilled tradespeople access the training, equipment and facilities they need to prepare for the workforce. Support will include:
- $23 million over two years through the Apprenticeship Enhancement Fund for 47 new capital projects at colleges and other training organizations for new equipment, new facilities and new technologies such as welding simulators, to provide opportunities for hands-on training
- $13 million through the Pre-Apprenticeship Training program to help support 84 pre-apprenticeship training programs, which will help more than 1,500 people primarily from traditionally underrepresented groups including women, Aboriginal peoples and at-risk youth, consider careers in the trades by developing their skills through in-class training sessions and work placements.
New annual apprenticeship registrations in programs across Ontario have grown from 17,100 in 2002-03 to more than 26,500 in 2014-15. This investment will help support the almost one in five new jobs in the province that is expected to be created in the trades in the coming decade.
Improving training opportunities, equipment and facilities for apprentices is part of the government's plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan also includes investing in people's talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in the province's history and creating a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives.
- The 47 successful Apprenticeship Enhancement Fund projects were selected through a call for proposals open to colleges and employer and union-based training centres issued in July 2015.
- Ontario is investing in 28 more pre-apprenticeship programs compared to 2014-15, an increase of 50 per cent.
- Ontario’s investment to support George Brown College includes almost $900,000 through the Apprenticeship Enhancement Fund to build a smart welding facility featuring modern welding simulators to give hands-on training to future construction and industrial mechanic millwrights, a trade in high-demand.
- Ontario is also supporting the college with more than $600,000 for two pre-apprenticeship training programs to help unemployed and homeless youth develop the trade-specific knowledge, job skills and work experience they need for careers in the millwright, refrigeration and air conditioning mechanic and sheet metal worker trades.
“Our government always talks about the importance of Building Ontario Up, and our talented skilled tradespeople are literally doing that in every corner of our province. Ontario’s apprenticeship training system, supported by employers, colleges and unions, is a crucial part of our plan to build the highly-skilled workforce we need to compete, and I’m proud that we are supporting so many projects that will bring new equipment and high demand training programs to the local markets that need it.”
“We are absolutely thrilled that the government continues to make apprenticeship training a priority in Ontario. This investment in equipment and training will help ensure students acquire advanced skills to succeed in their careers and that Ontario businesses will have the highly skilled talent they need to innovate and grow the economy.”
“Ontario’s Apprenticeship Enhancement Fund is a sound investment that leverages contributions from workers and contractors in the industrial, commercial and institutional construction industry to equip state-of-the-art training facilities that are needed to train tomorrow’s skilled trades workforce.”
Sean W. Strickland
“This investment in our apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs demonstrates that the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities is strongly committed to supporting diverse career opportunities for young people. We’re pleased with the funding announced today, which will strengthen our ability to produce highly-skilled, workplace-ready graduates to fill key roles in Ontario’s labour force.”