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‘We have to erase the stigma and let people know these are well-paying jobs’
Ontario has announced it will increase spending on its Pre-Apprenticeship Training program by $2.5 million this year to give an additional 200 people exposure to jobs in the skilled trades.
The move will help address the looming problem that Ontario’s economy is facing right now: A shortage of workers in the trades, says Monte McNaughton, minister of training and skills development.
“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. We have to erase the stigma and let people know that these are well-paying jobs.”
In total, the government will invest $20.8 million into the program which aims to give more than 1,800 people jobs in the skilled trades. Ontario will fund 28 projects in the Greater Toronto Area that prepare people to become successful automotive service technicians, arborists, electricians, hairstylists, carpenters and welders, among others.