____Posted Thursday April 20, 2017 ____



Focus on Trades

Supporting 67 Pre-Apprenticeship Training Programs Across the Province

Ontario is supporting more than 1,200 pre-apprentices in 67 training programs this year, to help them gain job skills and experience, and prepare them for successful careers in the skilled trades.

The announcement was made at Conestoga College in Waterloo to talk about Ontario's pre-apprenticeship investments this year. Conestoga College is receiving support from the province for two pre-apprenticeship programs for welders and heavy equipment technicians at its Waterloo and Kitchener campuses.

Each year, Ontario colleges and other training organizations offer free local training for people interested in careers in the trades, through the province's Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program.

Pre-apprenticeship training helps people develop trade-specific knowledge, job skills and the work experience they need for careers in high-demand trades, such as carpentry, plumbing, or cooking. Local programs accept a wide range of trainees, with many projects focused on groups that are under-represented in the skilled workforce, such as new Canadians, women, and Indigenous people.

• For 2016-17, Ontario is investing more than $14 million in 67 local programs that provide free training, while covering costs for textbooks, safety equipment and tools.

• Programs last up to one year, and usually combine level one apprenticeship training with an 8 to 12 week work placement.

• Programs start at various times of the year. To find out about local offerings, contact Employment Ontario by phone, e-mail or live chat.

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