Free online workshops hosted by the YMCA and YWCA will attempt to connect newcomers to employment opportunities in the skilled trades industry.
The Ontario government recently announced it will invest more than $ 900,000 to connect 900 new immigrants across the province to high-paying jobs like carpenters, electricians, plumbers, mechanics, welders, chefs and other in-demand trades. Through free virtual workshops in Toronto, Ottawa and other cities, newcomers will receive the training and professional contacts necessary to embark on rewarding careers.
The details were shared last week by Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labor, Training and Skills Development at the YMCA / YWCA of the National Capital Region in Ottawa.
“Across the province, we continue to hear from companies in the skilled trades that are not finding the workers they need to grow,” said Minister McNaughton. âThese are bigger paychecks waiting for hard working people to get them. This program will give newcomers the training and support they need to take on these great local jobs and build better communities.
Through the workshops, newcomers will learn how to find an apprenticeship, what employers look for when hiring and how to get a trade equivalency assessment. The sessions will run until the end of February 2022 and participants can access their workshop online on any electronic device.
In addition, with the support of the Ontario government, outreach workers are being hired by the YMCA / YWCA to foster links between newcomers, employers and local employment service centers. The Labor Department said these additional resources will allow them to better connect local job seekers with in-demand careers in the skilled trades.
Register for the information sessions by emailing [email protected] or calling 613-788-5001.