Free online workshops conducted by the YMCA and YWCA will attempt to connect newcomers with job opportunities in the skilled trades industry.

The Ontario government recently announced that is investing over $900,000 to connect 900 new immigrants across the province with well-paying jobs as carpenters, electricians, plumbers, mechanics, welders, chefs and other in-demand trades. Through the free, virtual workshops in Toronto, Ottawa and other cities, newcomers will receive the training and job connections needed to enter rewarding careers.

Details were shared last week by Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development at the YMCA/YWCA of the National Capital Region in Ottawa.

“Across the province, we continue to hear from businesses in the skilled trades who can’t find the workers they need to grow,” said Minister McNaughton. “These are bigger paycheques waiting for hardworking people to collect them. This program will connect newcomers with the training and support they need to fill these good 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 Trades Equivalency Assessment. Sessions will continue until the end of February 2022 and participants can access their online workshop on any electronic device.

In addition, with the support of the Ontario government, outreach workers are being hired by the YMCA/YWCA to promote connections between newcomers, employers, and local employment service centres. The Ministry of Labour said these additional resources will allow them to better connect local job seekers to in-demand careers in the skilled trades.

Register for the information sessions by emailing ontap@ymcaywca.ca or calling 613-788-5001.

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