Skilled Trades Ontario seeking experts to shape future of apprenticeship program

Ontario Construction News staff writer

Skilled Trades Ontario is inviting subject matter experts to participate in developing standards and examinations to ensure they continue to meet the needs of industry, apprentices, and trades professionals in the province.

“Ontario is internationally recognized for providing top-tier training and certification standards, following best practices and relying on expert advice,” said Melissa Young, CEO/Registrar, Skilled Trades Ontario. “Today, we are building on that progress by inviting experts across the skilled trades to have their say as we work to ensure apprentices are trained to the highest standard and have the tools they need to succeed in today’s workforce.”

Standards industry advisory committees will be responsible for providing support to Skilled Trades Ontario as the agency develops or updates standards and examinations. This could include reviewing examination content, skill competencies, and learning outcomes.

Selected participants will have the opportunity to contribute their expertise through in-person or online workshops and online surveys.

“Ontario is facing the largest labour shortage in a generation, which means when you have a career in the skilled trades, you have a career for life,” said Monte McNaughton, minister of labour, immigration, training and skills development. “To continue meeting the needs of employers and apprentices across Ontario, we must focus on attracting and training a new generation of skilled trades workers.

“These committees will ensure STO is developing standards that reflect what apprentices need to know, better preparing them for meaningful and well-paying careers.”

skilled trades Ontario committeesSkilled Trades Ontario is seeking experts working in their sector who have the following qualifications and skills:

  • up-to-date, broad knowledge of their trade with specific technical knowledge or experience
  • flexibility and commitment to dedicate time and energy to the task at hand
  • unbiased attitude
  • ability to support Skilled Trades Ontario’s Program Development Specialists
  • responsiveness to requests
  • communication skills

“George Brown College is a leading provider of apprenticeship and skilled trades training, helping the industry address and meet current labour shortages,” said Dr. Gervan Fearon, president of George Brown College. “Today’s announcement is an excellent step forward in ensuring all students in Ontario are trained at the highest levels and prepared for a rewarding career.”

Participants will have diverse backgrounds and skills, including varying years of experience, areas of specialization and representation from regions across the province.

To apply, visit Skilled Trades Ontario’s website.


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