Mississauga - The many careers accessed through apprenticeships were highlighted yesterday at the first annual Apprenticeship Career Connections (ACC) Fair, hosted by The Peel Halton Dufferin Training Board (PHDTB) and the Region of Peel, with support from Employment Ontario.
Apprenticeships offer a unique learning opportunity – the ability to gain paid work experience, while studying for a profession. Apprenticeships are suited to just about anyone – youth, newcomers, men, women and those looking for a new career.
"We know that Ontario needs more skilled workers – not only to keep pace with global competitors but to replace the increasing number of workers nearing retirement. That is why our Government is investing in programs and services to help more people become apprentices," said John Milloy, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities. "It is vital that we train the next generation of skilled workers and the Apprenticeship Career Connections fair is a great place to start."
More than 60 exhibitors representing apprenticeship training centres, leading Ontario colleges and employers were on hand to provide information to those interested in pursuing an apprenticeship. Guest speakers included Hugh Heron, Principal and President, Heathwood and Heron Homes; Rendal Mercer, Chef, The Spoke Club; and Sue Allen, Co-ordinator, Women in Skilled Trades at Centennial College, who shared their experiences and success stories in their respective apprenticeship-based fields..
"Apprenticeships are an important part of Peel's economy," said Mayor Marolyn Morrison, Town of Caledon. "We are heading towards a shortage of skilled workers as many of our baby boomers begin to retire. Apprenticeship fairs, like this, are an important part of attracting individuals to these integral and often lucrative fields."
Spokesperson and Executive Director for the Peel Halton Dufferin Training Board, Shalini da Cunha explained that this initiative "aims to connect all interested Peel, Halton and Dufferin residents with the many opportunities that exist."
PHDTB is a non-profit community-based organization. It is one of a network of 21 Local Boards across Ontario that work collaboratively with business, labour, education, and community representatives to develop solutions to address local labour market needs. The Local Board initiative is funded by the Government of Ontario.
For more information on the Peel Halton Dufferin Training Board, please call at 905-306-9588.