Ontario is helping more young people get the skills, training and experience they need to find jobs.
The province has invested over $11 million in Youth Skills Connections. The program creates partnerships between business, educators and not-for-profits to help young people get the skills and training they need to take advantage of local job opportunities.
Forty-five projects have been selected across Ontario. In Guelph, MPP Sandals was pleased to announce that Conestoga College, Family & Children’s Services of Guelph and Wellington County, Second Chance Employment Services, and Wyndham House are partnering to deliver machining and welding training to youth. At the end of the program, 30 young people will have industry-recognized skills that will prepare them to compete for jobs in the community.
More than 3,400 young people across Ontario have already received training through Youth Skills Connections. The program is part of Ontario’s Youth Jobs Strategy, which has created more than 27,000 job opportunities for young people since its launch in 2013.
Training and connecting youth with jobs is part of the government's plan to build Ontario up. The four-part plan includes investing in people's talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement savings plan.
“In today’s fiercely competitive economy, businesses need workers with the in-demand skills and training that will let them hit the ground running. The Youth Skills Connections program will help more vulnerable young people get the skills they need to land a good job, while helping more businesses find the workers they need to thrive.”
— Brad Duguid, Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure
“Guelph has no shortage of talented, well-educated youth from a variety of backgrounds. Connecting more young people with industry-recognized skills can give them the boost they need to launch their careers and keep overcoming the odds.”
— Liz Sandals, Minister of Education and MPP for Guelph
"We're very pleased to work with the Government of Ontario and our partners to help vulnerable youth aquire the skills and knowledge they need to launch successful careers. Providing opportunities for everyone to achieve their potential transforms lives, creates prosperous communities, and builds a stronger Ontario"
— John Tibbits, President, Conestoga College
“We’re pleased to partner with the province and local businesses to deliver an industry-recognized skills training program. Vulnerable young people from Guelph and Wellington County have what it takes to be successful employees. Our program will give them the necessary skills to fill the jobs our community needs.”
— Daniel Moore, Executive Director, Family & Children’s Services of Guelph and Wellington County
Ontario’s Youth Jobs Strategy
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