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NEWS | SEP 22 2020

Ontario Expanding Youth Training Programs To Promote The Skilled Trades

TORONTO — The Ontario Government is investing $43 million in expanded youth training programs to give young people exposure to more employment options. The programs will help increase awareness and encourage youth to acquire the skills that will start them down the path to lifelong success while supporting Ontario's economic recovery and future prosperity.

Today, Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development, and Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education, announced the investments and the appointment of three industry leaders to advise on attracting youth to the trades, in London at the Children's Museum.

"Ontario's demand for workers in the trades is on the rise, and we want to attract more young and talented people into the exciting and challenging world of trades," said Minister McNaughton. "Becoming an ironworker or a sprinkler fitter should be as obvious as becoming a firefighter or a lawyer. Our government is committed to ensuring that all young people across the province have the resources they need to acquire the skills and knowledge they need to get good jobs."

The government's investments to attract and train youth in the trades include:

In addition, Ontario is appointing three Youth Advisors to engage with youth, educators, business, parents and other key partners as well as the Minister of Labour Training and Skills Development on how to reduce stigma and make the trades a viable first choice for young people.

They will advise on increasing awareness of the skilled trades among elementary school students, starting in grade one, with a focus on grades seven and eight, and on making it easier for high school students to learn about the options in the trades and to begin an apprenticeship pathway while continuing to earn secondary school credits.

"There's a growing demand in the job market for skilled workers" said Minister Lecce. "We want to help fill this labour shortage and mismatch with young women and men who can take on these meaningful and well-paid jobs. That is why we are continuing to position Ontario as a STEM leader for the next generation of workers."

"Today's announcement reflects our government's priority to encourage youth to explore the tremendous opportunities in skilled trades," said Jane McKenna, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development. "A career in the skilled trades is both rewarding and life changing."

NEWS | DEC 07 2018

Apprentice Search.Com Is Better Than Ever!

Welcome to the new ApprenticeSearch.com!

ApprenticeSearch.com was launched 17 years ago as a way to address the skilled trades shortage in Ontario. Over the past 17 years, we’ve built a website and a service that helps connect apprentices and employers across the province. This year, we decided to rethink ApprenticeSearch.com to make sure we were offering the best service possible. Since then, we’ve been busy updating our site and refreshing our look – and we’re excited to finally share it with the skilled trades’ world.


So, what’s new?

In addition to looking better than ever, the new ApprenticeSearch.com has several features that will make the site even easier to use. They include:


  • Mobile responsiveness: Employers and job seekers can now access ApprenticeSearch.com on any device – meaning they can search for jobs and candidates at their desk or on the go.
  • Job matching: Employers and job seekers will be matched with each other based on location and field of working, making job and applicant searching easier than ever.
  • Search management: Employers and job seekers can better manage their search - and their time - by saving candidates and jobs they’re interested in and returning to them at a later date.


We wouldn’t have been able to refresh this site without the support of our partners:


Province of Ontario


The W. Garfield Weston Foundation
The WB Family Foundation
Magna International
UNIFOR
Mohawk College
OYAP
The Woodbridge Group
Arcelor Mittal Dofasco
The Centre for Skills Development
Conestoga College
Sheridan College


We’d like to extend a big THANK-YOU to all the ApprenticeSearch.com partners who believe in what we do. This new site was only able to happen with their support.


What’s next?

This upgrade is just the next step in the evolution of ApprenticeSearch.com! We have some exciting plans to continue to build the site, and we’re always interested in hearing from our users about what they want from ApprenticeSearch.com. You can always send your suggestions to admin@apprenticesearch.com

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