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Skills Ontario looks forward to working with Skilled Trades Ontario

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The Honourable Minister McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development, announced that the new Crown agency, Skilled Trades Ontario has launched and is now ready to serve tradespeople and employers across the province. With the shutdown of the Ontario College of Trades (OCOT), Skilled Trades Ontario has been established in an effort to modernize the skilled trades and apprenticeship system. Skills Ontario supports and looks forward to working with Skilled Trades Ontario to assist with its goals to simplify the system for skilled professionals, encourage employer participation, and break the stigmas that surround the skilled trades.

“As an organization dedicated to building the future skilled workforce, Skills Ontario applauds the Government of Ontario for this initiative,” says Ian Howcroft, CEO of Skills Ontario. “Working together and setting skilled trade and technology leaders up for success is crucial. Skilled trades and technologies play an imperative role in our lives and continuing to support these fields and the professionals working within them benefits us all. We look forward to working closely with Skilled Trades Ontario to realize our common goals and objectives, and we are committed to leveraging our resources, extensive network, and expertise.”  “We’re redrawing the system to address Ontario’s labour shortage and make the trades a career of choice for more people,” says Minister McNaughton in the Government of Ontario’s news release. “The skilled trades provide well-paying and rewarding careers that are vital for our economy. By creating this new agency, we are working for workers and delivering the generational change that labour leaders and employers have been calling for.”

As per the Government of Ontario’s website, Skilled Trades Ontario has a goal to “help more young people find suitable careers in the skilled trades and complete their training faster.” Under the proposed legislation, Skilled Trades Ontario is set to become the province’s industry-informed training authority to lead the promotion, research and development of the latest apprenticeship training and curriculum standards.  From October 2020 to March 2021, Ontario appointed three youth advisors to work with Minister McNaughton to attract more youth to skilled trades careers. The appointed youth advisors were Jennifer Green, Director of Competitions at Skills Ontario, Adam Melnick, volunteer with Skills Ontario, and Andrew Pariser, Board Director with Skills Ontario. Within the final action plan, the advisors suggested improving access into apprenticeship by putting clear, streamlined pathways to apprenticeship in place and establishing Skilled Trades Ontario as a simplified, one-window service delivery portal.



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1 Comment » for Skills Ontario looks forward to working with Skilled Trades Ontario
  1. Questo says:

    what’s in it for those License electricians refused to sign with the disaster Ontario college of trades?
    Will they get their licenses back? If so who will pay for their carries damage? I lost over 3 million because the incompetence of ex premier (Mac Guilty ) Can we all electricians in Ontario sue him now for damages?

    I only hope this isn’t a maneuver for Doug ford next election.
    Sounds really fishy.

    Are those electricians under this new apparatus be free to sign their own work? We were not treated equal under the Canadian law. As we were part of the trades. Mechanics sign their work, gas feeders sign their works, maybe plumbers to, not sure on that. why cant we sign our works? why do we need electrical inspectors to inspected our wallets ? That’s what they have been doing apparently. Collecting money from us. Are we second trades class from the thirth world, Its pathetic .
    Plus the so called electrical contractor and master License. Another pathetic money grab.

    Let me guess, does Doug ford business have any contracts with this new paper work new skills ventura ? Soon covid stickers will be no more hum?
    Do I smell a fish here? The real question is, how big is the fish?

    I would like to take a look at this new skills paper work.
    Maybe another skills desaster 2.0.

    I will call them soon I want my Canadian electrical license back , the way it was , no restrictions. I was already a senior, if not, financial consequences will apply. And I urge anyone in this condition to do so. Time for lawsuits. (Mac Gulty) should be personally sued for. Thousand of letters, plus petitions were send to him and his cabinet, that time when he set up the disgrace full college of trades.( grabs) And they all ignored.

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