Province funds $4.7 million for three Niagara Region youth apprenticeship training programs

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Ontario Construction News staff writer

Three Niagara Region youth training programs will share $4.7 million to help 2,300 people, including apprentices and jobseekers, gain skills and training for careers in the skilled trades, funded through the Ontario government’s Skills Development Fund.

The province says it aims to create more pathways for young people to start a career in the skilled trades, which often leads to a six-figure salary job.

“To keep up with our growing province, we need to attract more youth into the skilled trades, which is why our government is working hand-in-hand with labour and industry partners to create new training opportunities,”  David Piccini, Minister of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development, said in a statement on Monday (June 10).

The Ontario government is partnering with industry to deliver free training programs, including:

  • Civiconnect Youth Community Engagement Organization: $3 million to help 350 youth aged 14 to 29 in Niagara Region develop technical and workplace preparedness skills for careers in the skilled trades, digital marketing, web development, digital system administration, cloud computing and information technology. Participants will work on projects submitted by businesses in the community.
  • Edge Factor Inc. is receiving $1,087,600 for a project that aims to showcase careers and opportunities in the skilled trades online for 1,920 youth, jobseekers, parents and community members in Niagara Region and across Ontario.
  • United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners, Local 1007 is receiving $650,369 to purchase and outfit a new six-booth welding trailer in Niagara Region. The new industry-standard equipment and technology will enable Local 1007 to train, test and certify an additional 48 apprentices and journeypersons on various types of welding to meet industry and employer demand in Ontario.

niagara“We have heard from young people and students in the community that their only pathway to success is through university. It’s time we break that stigma. The skilled trades open the door to a future with a six-figure salary – all without tuition debt,” said Patrice Barnes, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development. “We’re especially proud to support these local projects in Niagara Region because we know careers like these are more than a paycheque; they offer young people hope and self-confidence.”

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