Success Centre: Skilled Trades Training Centre announced for Strathroy, Ont.

Strathroy, Ontario — The skilled trades will be getting a new home base in southwest Ontario after the provincial government announced on Friday that a $5.7 million training centre is on the way for the community of Strathroy. The centre will train students from various levels of education, with a primary focus on producing welders, […]

Skill Delivery: Skilled trades mobile labs on the way to Ottawa area high school

Toronto, Ontario — Secondary students in the Ottawa area can expect the world of skilled trades to be rolling up to their school’s doors sometime soon, as the St. Lawrence College Mobile Skills Training Lab makes its way through the area. The lab will be making its rounds through the Upper Canada District School Board […]

Apprentice Advice: B.C. hires five apprenticeship advisors, invests $5 million into ITA

Victoria, British Columbia — British Columbia is trying to fill some seats in its trade school classrooms as the provincial government announced a $5 million investment to support the Industry Training Authority (ITA) and its efforts to promote automotive skilled trades education. Alongside the investment will come the hiring of five new apprenticeship advisors (one […]

On Tour: Welding on Wheels trailer providing trades experiences across N.B.

Fredericton, New Brunswick — The CWB is delivering the skilled trades experience straight to the front doors of Canadian high schools thanks to the “Welding on Wheels” trailer, which has found it’s new temporary home at Rothesay High School in Fredericton, N.B. The trailer was completed last summer and accommodates 16 students with eight welding […]

Fair Trades: Skilled trades demand at 700,000 retirements by 2028, government says

Gatineau, Quebec — The federal government announced on Monday that about 700,000 skilled trades workers are due for retirement between 2019 and 2028—a gap that the government is hoping to fill through the launch of the Canada.ca/skilled-trades platform. With demand for skilled tradespeople in Canada steadily increasing, Ottawa is hoping that its new “one-stop-shop” website […]

Clean Slate: Ontario launches new one-stop skilled trades platform

Toronto, Ontario — With the unceremonious send-off of the Ontario College of Trades (OCOT) two months in the past, the provincial government has announced that the new Skilled Trades Ontario agency has officially launched. The Ontario government is viewing this new institution as a step toward better aligning the province with a model that addresses […]

Skill Scrolling: Skills Ontario launches jobs, training app for skilled trades

Toronto, Ontario — Skills Ontario launched a new “career exploration” app for Android and Apple devices in December that aims to connect the province’s skilled tradespeople of all ages and skill levels with training and employment opportunities. The app puts new users through a quiz that matches them up with employment opportunities relevant to their […]