The McGuinty government is helping build stronger, safer communities by creating opportunities for at-risk youth, Chris Bentley, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, announced today.
“Having a direction in life fosters hope for the future and the sense of self-worth that comes from contributing to society,” said Bentley. “These pre-apprenticeship training programs will help young people who struggle in a traditional school setting to establish themselves in a career.”
The government is investing $1 million to fund five pre-apprenticeship training projects. They will help approximately 100 at-risk youth strengthen their skills to become eligible for an apprenticeship in any of four specific skilled trades:
– Brick and Stone Mason
– Construction Craft Worker
– Cook Assistant
– General Carpenter.
“This training program is another example of our government working to provide increased opportunities for young people,” said Mary Anne Chambers, Minister of Children and Youth Services. “Giving at-risk youth the ability to learn practical skills will not only help them in finding gainful employment, it will also contribute to their sense of self-worth and accomplishment.”
At-risk youth include those who have left secondary school without graduating or face other barriers. Three of the programs will be available in the Toronto area, and one each in Dunnville-Haldimand and Penetanguishene.
“These pre-apprenticeship programs are vital because they give young people, particularly those at-risk, the skills to make good choices in life and reach their potential. This benefits everyone because successful and involved individuals make for stronger communities,” said Marg Stanowski, executive director of Operation Springboard.
“I commend the Ontario government for their support of pre-apprenticeship training programs for at-risk youth. These programs create new opportunities for youth to gain relevant apprenticeship training and work experience for jobs in skill shortage areas while meeting the needs of employers for skilled employees,” said Robert A. Gordon, president of Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning.
Ontario has Canada’s largest apprenticeship training system. Apprenticeship training will be a key feature of Ontario’s new One-Stop Training and Employment System, a seamless and co-ordinated training network that is currently being implemented.
“These positions will give young people the opportunity to succeed. By investing in success, we are strengthening neighbourhoods and communities,” Bentley said.