TORONTO — In an effort to champion inclusivity in skilled trades and technology careers, Skills Ontario is hosting the Persons with Exceptionalities Conference, set to be held virtually on March 30.
The complementary event will be an opportunity for youth living with exceptionalities to access resources, inspiration and information about careers in the skilled trades and technologies and to hear from mentors from Performance Plus Rehabilitative Care Inc., the Job Centre, Infrastructure Health and Safety and the Ontario Disability Support Program.
The conference, funded by the Government of Ontario, is geared towards youth and their parents/guardians looking to learn about skilled trade and technology careers, including the pathways into these opportunities and the supports in place.
“Diversity and inclusion are top priorities for Skills Ontario,” said Ian Howcroft, CEO of Skills Ontario, in a statement. “Through our programs and initiatives, we emphasize that the skilled trades and technologies are suitable for all. The rewarding opportunities in these fields are not limited to a select group of people – these careers welcome all.”
“As an organization, we aspire for all young Ontarians to feel the sense of belonging that they deserve to feel,” said Ashley Pszeniczny, Skills Ontario’s diversity and inclusion manager. “It’s key for us to positively engage those with exceptionalities and continuously put our efforts into making sure they feel included, heard, and appreciated.”