Ontario launches Grade 11 program to work toward skilled trade apprenticeship
PICKERING, Ont. – Ontario will allow students in Grade 11 to begin working toward their apprenticeships in skilled trades.
Education Minister Stephen Lecce says it’s a deal that lets high school students earn credits toward a secondary school diploma while they apprentice.
Lecce says the change is designed to get students into the trades faster.
The province says the construction industry will need 72,000 new workers by 2027.
Premier Doug Ford’s government has pledged to build 1.5 million homes by 2031.
The province says that one in five job openings by 2026 will be in skilled trades, which means tens of thousands of jobs.
Province to allow students in Gr 11 to transition to a full-time, skilled trades apprenticeship program, announces Premier Doug Ford #onted #onpoli pic.twitter.com/gxqNbXvhY7
— Kristin Rushowy (@krushowy) March 8, 2023
Big announcement today for the skilled trades by Premier @fordnation @Sflecce @MonteMcNaughton @PBethlenfalvy making it easier for high school students to enter the trades.
Full release: https://t.co/gg7q53XGin pic.twitter.com/2uUSnOpbM0
— NotesByNotte (@franknotte) March 8, 2023
This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 8, 2023.