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Ontario announces skilled trades panel, apprenticeship investments

October 7, 2020

IBEW CCO Executive Secretary Treasurer James Barry  attends announcement today in Toronto with Minister McNaughton

I was pleased to attend an announcement today concerning the creation of a new panel that will provide advice and recommendations to the Ontario government   concerning the replacement of the Ontario College of Trades.  The government also announced $75 million to support apprentices and ensure high quality training programs.

Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development made the announcement in Toronto today, noting that the panel will look at new approaches that include compliance with compulsory training and certification requirements.

I would also like to congratulate Melissa Young, Executive Director of NETCO, for being named as one of the panelists. She will be an excellent addition and provide valuable insight on apprenticeship to the government.

I commend Minister McNaughton for his leadership and commitment to investing in a dynamic skilled trades system that focuses on safety and training to support an effective and skilled workforce that is necessary to build and maintain Ontario’s economy.  It is essential we have high training standards for registered apprentices and ensure only compulsory certified journeypersons work in dangerous and complex trades like the 309A Construction and Maintenance electrician.

James Barry
Executive Secretary Treasurer
IBEW Construction Council of Ontario

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