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Ontario government aims to help trade workers develop a second skill

Last Updated May 31, 2019 at 1:22 pm EDT

Premier Doug Ford announces a new program aimed at helping trade workers develop a secondary skill, May 31, 2019. CITYNEWS
Summary

Ford said the program is still a few years away from becoming a reality.

The program will be a way for trade workers to expand their qualifications in an ever changing industry.

The Ontario government wants to make it easier for those who work in the skilled trades to develop a secondary skill.

Speaking to the media from the Darlington Nuclear Generating Station, Premier Doug Ford said his government is putting the focus on filling jobs.

“We’re working on a job bank that will help connect workers with employers who are looking to hire,” Ford explained.

“We’re making it faster and easier for workers to get skills they need to find tomorrow’s jobs.”

The premier said the economy is booming and companies are having trouble finding workers they need.

Minister for Training, Colleges and Universities, Merrilee Fullerton, says this new program provides a flexible, faster, and more targeted way for trade workers to expand their qualifications in an ever changing industry.

The initiative, which is in its early stages and still a few years away from becoming a reality, is called the Portable Skills Trade Program. It’s part of the new plans unveiled in last month’s provincial budget to overhaul the Ontario’s apprenticeship and skilled trades program.