Ontario Construction News staff writer
Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development, and education committee Stephen Lecce have named three advisors to a new committee to advise the Ontario Government on system improvements and other measures to enable and encourage youth to pursue the skilled trades.
Jennifer Green, director of Competitions and Young Women’s Initiatives at Skills Ontario, with Adam Melnick and Andrew Pariser, who work with youth, educators, business, parents, and other key partners, will advise the provincial government about how to make the skilled trades a viable choice for young people, Skills Ontario said in a statement last Thursday.
Green is among the advisors who will work to introduce students from grade one to secondary school to the skilled trades in order to ensure that Ontario’s youth are aware of and encouraged to pursue the opportunities in these career paths.
Meanwhile, the Government of Ontario is investing $5 million help Skills Ontario continue to deliver programs and reach youth across the province, the statement said.
“We need to reach kids earlier, to let them know that a career in the trades is every bit as worthwhile as a career outside the trades,” McNaughton said. “Today’s investment into Skills Ontario will help us do just that, as they continue to develop and deliver compelling programming.”
“We are proud to deliver skills solutions and to build our future skilled workforce with the Government of Ontario,” says Ian Howcroft, CEO of Skills Ontario. “We thank the government for the support they are providing to help us have more impact and to strengthen our partnership. As an organization dedicated to encouraging and inspiring youth to pursue the essential skilled professions, we are thrilled to play a key role in not only promoting these careers, but also offering support for the system in which they run.”