Canadore College will use a large cash infusion from the province Monday to expand the courses it offers to its students.
The province announced $ 3.4 million to Canadore to expand programs like plumbing.
“The change means young people and job seekers in North Bay interested in pursuing rewarding careers as plumbers will be able to do so conveniently in North Bay,” said Nipissing MPP Vic Fedeli in a media release.
“When you have a job in the skilled trades, you have a job, and there is as much merit in plumbing as there is in law, medicine or accounting. We were thrilled to see this training program for Canadore College and everyone in North Bay. Our government will continue to knock down barriers to the skilled trades and fight the stigma, so more young people in Northern Ontario have pathways to these life-changing careers. ”
The current wait time for Northern Ontario apprentices in the Plumber 306A trade to attend school is approximately 17 months, according to the media release.
“Expanding this training to Canadore College means students in North Bay will be able to enter training significantly faster, and local employers will be able to find the apprentices they need to keep up with growing demand.”
There are currently more than 500 people working as plumbers in Northeastern Ontario, where salaries can average over $ 65,000 a year. However, local employers continue to face a shortage of qualified apprentices, and demand for these workers is expected to increase, according to the release.
“Canadore College appreciates the ongoing support and investments in the skilled trades by the Ontario government. The funds for our plumbing program will be used to continue our program development to meet the needs of the current and evolving trades workforce, as we build the Ontario economy, ”said Canadore President and CEO George Burton.
“Our vision is to continue enhancing our world-class skilled trades environment that is preparing our students to enter the workforce with the latest skills, while helping to meet the growing demand for plumbing graduates in the province.”
Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labor, Training and Skills Development said by 2025, one in five jobs in Ontario is expected to be in the skilled trades.
“We need to act now to help train the next generation of mechanics, welders, and heavy equipment operators. Our investments will ensure apprentices have access to high-quality tools and training as they pursue rewarding and well-paying careers in the skilled trades. ”
The funding is part of the government’s $ 1.5 billion Skilled Trades Strategy.
Canadore College already has the equipment and expertise in place for the plumbing 306A curriculum, and the college has extensive experience delivering the Mechanical Techniques-Plumbing program.
For more information, or to register for the program, contact email@example.com or 705.474.7600 ext. 5123.