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Ontario Investing in Talent for Automotive, Manufacturing Sector

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Ontario Investing in Talent for Automotive, Manufacturing Sector

Province Launching New Training to Help Workers Get and Keep Good Jobs

TORONTO - Ontario is supporting the province's automotive and advanced manufacturing industries by investing $3 million in training to help workers upskill to ensure they keep pace with innovations in those sectors. 

The province's new RapidSkills pilot will provide high-quality, short-duration training. It is designed to help laid-off, at-risk, and underutilized workers quickly gain in-demand skills.

"Ontario's businesses are evolving at a faster pace than our training system," said Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development. "Today's announcement is a sign that our government is committed to the auto and advanced manufacturing sectors. We're listening to industry's best advice on how we can quickly adapt to meet their needs."

Today the government issued a call for proposals to organizations interested in developing and delivering this training. Funding will support a diverse range of training projects that address the needs of workers and the auto and advanced manufacturing industries, by equipping participants with in-demand skills that are recognized by industry. To learn what types of organizations are eligible for support and to apply, visit RapidSkills 2019-20.

The idea of rapid skills, also known as micro-credentials, was introduced in Driving Prosperity: The Future of Ontario's Automotive Sector, the government's 10-year vision for the sector.

"Ontario auto workers are among the most productive anywhere, with the province's assembly plants excelling in industry awards for new vehicle quality manufacturing. The RapidSkills micro-credentials pilot takes a smart, nimble and collaborative approach to meeting the evolving training requirements of a fast-changing industry," said Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade. "Today's announcement is another step in our open for business approach that is creating the conditions for growth, benefiting workers and job creators alike."

Organizations that apply to develop and deliver training through the RapidSkills call for proposals will be selected in winter 2020. More information about how individuals can participate in the training will be shared at that time.

Quick Facts

  • The government committed $3 million for training to be provided through RapidSkills in 2019-20.
  • Rapid skills, also known as micro-credentials, are short-term, industry-recognized certifications that help people quickly gain the specific skills they need to succeed in a particular sector.
  • Job seekers and employers can visit ontario.ca/jobs as a one-stop resource for their employment needs and connect to the Ontario Job Bank to both find and post job opportunities.
  • More than 100,000 people are directly employed in Ontario’s auto assembly and parts industry with thousands more in spin-off jobs in communities across the province.

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