TORONTO — The Pre-Apprenticeship Training program in Ontario is getting a $2.5 million boost this year from the Ontario government, which it says will give an additional 200 people exposure to good jobs.
The program is free for participants and includes a work placement.
The government will invest a total of $20.8 million into the program to help introduce over 1,800 people to the skilled trades, indicates a release, adding in the Greater Toronto Area, the government will fund 28 projects for over 600 people to get training in a variety of trades like automotive service technician, arborist, electrician, hairstylist, carpenter and welder.
Some of the construction-related projects include:
- A new pre-apprenticeship program delivered through the Labour Education Centre and Youth Employment Services, which will provide 36 participants with the skills to become an apprentice in construction sector; and
- A partnership between Miziwe Biik Aboriginal Employment and Training, George Brown College, and Toronto District School Board to provide 15 Indigenous people with eight weeks of paid work experience in the general carpenter and/or drywall, acoustic and lathing applicator trades.
The pre-apprenticeship program is delivered by Ontario colleges, private career colleges, union and non-union training centres and promotes careers in the trades for all Ontario residents.
“We need to find additional ways to let young people and their parents know that a career in the trades is exciting, fulfilling and profitable,” said Monte McNaughton, minister of labour, training and skills development, in a statement.