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News   February 3, 2022   by Adam Malik

ASW Conversations: Labour minister talks Skilled Trades Ontario

Just days after Ontario’s government announced the launch of a new agency for the skilled trades, the minister behind Skilled Trades Ontario all joined us for a chat.

In the latest episode of ASW Conversations, Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development in Ontario speaks with our publisher Peter Bulmer.

The goal of the new agency is to draw more people into the skilled trades.

“We really want to end the stigma around the trades and simplify the apprenticeship system and get employers to bring on more apprentices,” he said in the episode Labour minister talks Skilled Trades Ontario. “So we did launch Skilled Trades Ontario, which is really a nimble, one-stop-shop for apprentices and for young people to join the trades. And it’s really about simplified simplifying the apprenticeship system.”

McNaughton notes that he grew up delivering auto parts through his parents’ store and so understands the demands of the automotive aftermarket. He also dives into attracting young people to the trades well before they start deciding their path, retaining people once they get into the trades — grants for apprentices for tools, money to employers to hire apprentices — and more.

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2 Comments » for ASW Conversations: Labour minister talks Skilled Trades Ontario
  1. Robert Knapp says:

    Great step in the right direction

  2. Tim Blain says:

    the same bullshit over again ,i have an apprentice ,but they wont sign up because of school credits ,he has a family to support and bills to pay ,why am i running into this when monte claims to stream line the system
    also why cant i claim my tools ,i have been in this trade a long time and our tax compensation for our tools is stagnant
    the more things change the more they stay the same
    monte knows me but cant come and talk to me ive been through this apprenticeship crap for years , and it never changes !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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