Ontario Preparing People in London for Jobs
Government Supporting over 100 people in Four Local Pre-apprenticeship Projects
LONDON - Ontario is tackling shortages in the skilled trades by supporting pre-apprenticeship projects that will prepare over 100 people in London for good jobs and careers.
"In London and throughout the province, there are thousands of jobs that go unfilled," said Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development. "Those are paycheques waiting to be collected. But the workers aren't there. My mission is to bridge that skills gap in London and throughout the province. Today's announcement is the next step."
The Ontario government is investing in four London-based training programs for a variety of trades, including baker-pâtissier, construction worker, brick and stone mason and educational assistant.
Pre-apprenticeship training promotes careers in the trades as an option for all Ontario residents, including youth at risk, new Canadians, women and Indigenous people. The training programs are free, last up to one year and often combine classroom training with an 8-12 week work placement.
Today's funding announcement follows the unveiling of Ontario's new marketing campaign highlighting the skilled trades as a viable career path. The ads, with the slogan 'Find a Career You Wouldn't Trade,' are currently running online, in movie theatres and on Tim Hortons TV.
"Ontario is facing a looming problem," said Minister McNaughton. "Our skilled tradespeople are retiring faster than we can replace them. We need to let young people and their parents know that careers in the trades are a viable first choice. They're exciting, fulfilling and often very lucrative."
The government recently announced a $20.8 million investment into pre-apprenticeship programs for 2019-20 to create training opportunities for more than 1,800 people across Ontario. The funding is an increase of $5 million from the previous year. Training is delivered by Ontario colleges, private career colleges, union and non-union training centres and other community organizations.
"By investing in pre-apprenticeship training, we tap additional talent pools and give more people a chance to prepare for well-paying careers in the trades," Minister McNaughton said during an event at the LiUNA Local 1059 Regional Training Centre.
"Careers in the skilled trades have been stigmatized for far too long — especially for women," said Jill Dunlop, Associate Minister for Children and Women's Issues. "Only four per cent of those in the skilled trades are women. This funding will help us do better, and open up the skilled trades to a broader range of people."
Local projects announced today for London include:
- An investment of $144,000 to help the Brick and Allied Craft Union of Canada Local 5 offer 12 participants trades training for valuable careers as brick and stone masons and construction craft workers.
- An investment of $549,580 to support LiUNA Local 1059 in offering a combination of classroom training and work placements to help prepare 72 participants for jobs in the construction craft worker and cement finisher trades.
- An investment of $131,135 to help Collège Boréal provide training for 11 people in the London area and help them explore career opportunities as child development practitioners and education assistants in schools and daycares.
- An investment of $99,888 to help the London Training Centre provide 12 participants with Smart Serve training, trade-readiness training and work placements to prepare them for jobs as cooks, bakers and chefs.
"About one in five new jobs in Ontario over the next five years is expected to be in trades-related occupations," said Minister McNaughton. "Exposing people to careers in the skilled trades makes good sense: It helps businesses find talent and opens new doors for people who want to work."
- There were approximately 9,600 jobs vacant in the London Economic Region and 23,600 in Southwestern Ontario in the third quarter of 2019, according to Statistics Canada’s Job Vacancy and Wage Survey.
- To find out about pre-apprenticeship training programs, contact Employment Ontario by phone, e-mail or live chat.
- There are over 140 skilled trades in Ontario. Retirements in the skilled trades are driving the shortage of skilled workers. In 2016, nearly one in three journeypersons were aged 55 years and over.
- On May 29, 2019, Ontario passed the Modernizing the Skilled Trades and Apprenticeship Act to help transform the skilled trades and apprenticeship system, reduce red tape and make Ontario open for business and open for jobs.
- Job seekers can visit ontario.ca/openforbusiness to get training, build their skills and access career information.
“We’re very pleased to see the government’s continued commitment to Ontario’s colleges and their pivotal role in apprenticeship training. Minister McNaughton’s announcement today will help produce a more highly skilled workforce for the great careers in the skilled trades.”
“With the support of The Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development, London Training Centre is excited to offer a Culinary Pre-Apprenticeship program starting April 6, 2020 for people who vision themselves as bakers, cooks and chefs. Success in this trade involves science, math and communication skills, to name a few, and programs like these are key to inspiring and helping people reach their goals. Program students grow their abilities uniting their passion with artistry and skills, becoming highly proficient in their chosen trade and the Ontario food sector is enriched in kind. A recipe for success.”
“As the demand for francophone and bilingual specialists is growing in Southwestern Ontario, Collège Boréal welcomes this new pre-apprenticeship funding towards its Child Development Practitioner and Education Assistant Training programs, allowing us to provide our renowned training in early childhood education to more students than ever. It’s good news for the francophone community in London, where more well-trained experts will be able to serve the needs of francophone children in French, offering them an environment in which they can thrive in their first language from an early age.”
“We are really pleased to see this support from the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development. Local 1059 relies on our successful pre-apprenticeship program as a vital recruitment tool, and with the skilled trades shortage in our region, our ability to recruit talent through the program is more important than ever. We appreciate the Minister’s partnership and his ongoing commitment to help support, fund, and destigmatize the skilled trades. These workers build our roads, bridges, and other essential infrastructure – and it’s great that the Ministry is acknowledging the importance of the trades as a first-choice career.”