Skilled Trades Ontario Marks One-Year Anniversary

Province’s new agency announces updated training standards for apprentices and employers that better reflect industry needs and align with Red Seal standards.

SCARBOROUGH, January 19, 2023 – Skilled Trades Ontario (STO), Ontario’s agency responsible for apprenticeship and skilled trades certification, is celebrating its one-year anniversary by updating training and curriculum standards. With one-quarter of all apprentices in Canada training in Ontario, STO is delivering on its mandate of increasing labour mobility and improving training standards for apprentices and skilled trades workers.

Since its launch last year, apprenticeship registrations increased by thousands in 2022 compared to 2021 and more than 13,000 students, parents, and teachers attended skilled trades career fairs aimed at attracting the province’s next generation of tradespeople.

“We’ve made great strides in our first year, and this is only the beginning,” said Melissa Young, CEO/Registrar, Skilled Trades Ontario. “From updating standards to moving more services online, Skilled Trades Ontario is removing barriers and setting apprentices, employers and skilled trades professionals on the path to success.”

STO is bringing Ontario’s skilled trades into the 21st century, by releasing a one-window digital portal for apprentices to apply online, keep track of their training progress, pay fees and more, unveiling a bold new logo and visual identity, and introducing a digital logbook pilot which has allowed more than 100 new apprentices to now track their training progress completely online

“Ontario is facing the largest labour shortage in a generation, which means when you have a career in the skilled trades, you have a career for life,” said Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development. “That’s why our government is taking an all-hands-on-deck approach to attract and train our next generation of apprentices and prepare them for the future.”

The new standards now in place and available on Skilled Trades Ontario’s website are for the horticultural technician, arborist and utility arborist trades. The changes include a revision of the horticultural technician on-the-job training standard to align with the Red Seal Occupational Standard and a structural refresh of the arborist and utility arborist curriculum content for better cohesion, giving apprentices additional time to learn theoretical content.

To further align with provincial and territorial Red Seal Standards, changes will also be coming to the program standards in 2023 of the three heavy equipment operator trades: tractor loader backhoe, excavator and dozer.

“As a leading educational facility in the trades, we know skilled trades provide fulfilling, well-paying and in-demand career paths that are essential to almost every part of our daily lives and critical for the future of our communities,” said Dr. Craig Stephenson, President and CEO of Centennial College. “The recently updated training and curriculum standards will undoubtedly strengthen students’ skills, enhance their employment options and ultimately set them up for even greater success.”

Quick Facts

  • Skilled Trades Ontario plans to release its strategic plan this spring, outlining the agency’s priorities for the next three years. Trades and industry experts can express interest in providing input at brian.gibson@skilledtradesontario.ca
  • By 2025, about one in five job openings in Ontario is projected to be in the skilled trades.
  • There are over 140 skilled trades in Ontario.

About Skilled Trades Ontario

Skilled Trades Ontario is an agency of the Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development responsible for apprenticeship and skilled trades certification in Ontario. Skilled Trades Ontario is dedicated to simplifying access to services for skilled trades professionals, promoting the skilled trades as a career of choice and addressing the labour shortage in the skilled trades, in partnership with government and industry.

 


MEDIA CONTACTS

Marisa Brennan
Manager, Corporate Communications
Skilled Trades Ontario
marisa.brennan@skilledtradesontario.ca

 

Virtual career fair helps students “level up” their skills (video)

Students, parents and educators attended a virtual career fair to learn about the pathways into the skilled trades and hear from a panel of industry experts.

The event follows the in-person Level Up! career fairs hosted by the Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development and Skilled Trades Ontario, which were attended by more than 13,000 students, parents and educators across Ontario.

You can check out the video recording below.

National Skilled Trade and Technology Week championed by Skilled Trades Ontario

TORONTO, November 2, 2022 – Today, Skilled Trades Ontario CEO and Registrar Melissa Young issued the following statement on National Skilled Trade and Technology Week.

“National Skilled Trade and Technology Week provides Skilled Trades Ontario with a great opportunity to increase awareness of the more than 140 rewarding careers available in the skilled trades.

Far too many people across our province are unaware of the opportunities that are available to them in the trades.

Since launching in January, it has been our mission at Skilled Trades Ontario to introduce young people to the great paying, meaningful jobs an apprenticeship can offer them.

Our work has involved getting out there and bringing that message directly to young people.

Right now, we are travelling the province meeting with students, their parents and carers at the Level Up! Career Fairs which we are hosting alongside the Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development.

Our team will meet with over 15,000 young people over the next month, showing them first-hand the exciting and rewarding careers open to them in the trades and answering any burning questions that they and their parents may have.

We are also meeting with our partners in industry and education across Ontario. Working together, we will make our province the place where skilled trades professionals thrive.”

ABOUT SKILLED TRADES ONTARIO
Skilled Trades Ontario is the one-stop shop for opportunities in the skilled trades, and the promotion of rewarding careers which support Ontario’s economy.

This includes:

  • establishing apprenticeship programs, including training standards, curriculum standards and certification exams
  • managing Ontario’s participation in the Interprovincial Red Seal program
  • assessing the experience and qualifications of individuals who have not completed an apprenticeship program in Ontario
  • issuing Certificates of Qualification in all trades with certifying exams
  • renewing Certificates of Qualification in compulsory trades
  • maintaining a Public Register of people authorized to work in compulsory trades, and
  • conducting research in relation to apprenticeship and the trades

Our mission is to support Ontario’s economic success as the central authority responsible for establishing leading-edge standards in the skilled trades to meet the opportunities of today and the challenges of tomorrow.

Skilled Trades Ontario launches ‘Opportunity in every skill’ brand

GREATER TORONTO AREA, October 18, 2022 – Today, Skilled Trades Ontario, the province’s new agency responsible for skilled trades certification, unveiled its official branding.

Skilled Trades Ontario revealed its new logo and tagline during a joint launch event with Melissa Young, CEO and Registrar of Skilled Trades Ontario and Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development at Oriole Landscaping in Toronto.

The logo’s four coloured pillars represent the diversity of Ontario’s skilled trades and the many career opportunities they offer. The pillars also reach forward to a bright future for the skilled trades.

The tagline, “Opportunity in every skill” refers to the over 140 career paths available in the skilled trades.

“We’re working to show people that there is a skilled trade for nearly every passion,” said Melissa Young, CEO/Registrar of Skilled Trades Ontario. “That means correcting misconceptions and promoting the many rewarding career opportunities in the skilled trades. We hope our brand will inspire current and future trades professionals as we work to make Ontario known as the place where skilled trades professionals thrive.”

In the coming weeks, Skilled Trades Ontario and the Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development will be hosting a series of career fairs across the province, aimed at promoting careers in the skilled trades to young people and parents. This tour will include stops in Mississauga, London, Sudbury, Ottawa and Thunder Bay.

“Ontario is facing the largest labour shortage in a generation, which means when you have a job in the skilled trades, you have a job for life,” said Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development. “Our government launched STO to bring the skilled trades and apprenticeship system into the 21st century and prepare the next generation for meaningful and well-paying careers in the industry. This brand reflects that mission.”

To find out more about the work of Skilled Trades Ontario, please visit https://www.skilledtradesontario.ca/

ABOUT SKILLED TRADES ONTARIO

Skilled Trades Ontario is the one-stop shop for opportunities in the skilled trades, and the promotion of rewarding careers which support Ontario’s economy.

This includes:

  • establishing apprenticeship programs, including training standards, curriculum standards and certification exams
  • managing Ontario’s participation in the Interprovincial Red Seal program
  • assessing the experience and qualifications of individuals who have not completed an apprenticeship program in Ontario
  • issuing Certificates of Qualification in all trades with certifying exams
  • renewing Certificates of Qualification in compulsory trades
  • maintaining a Public Register of people authorized to work in compulsory trades, and
  • conducting research in relation to apprenticeship and the trades
  • Our mission is to support Ontario’s economic success as the central authority responsible for establishing leading-edge standards in the skilled trades to meet the opportunities of today and the challenges of tomorrow.

    Media Contact
    Marisa Brennan
    Manager, Corporate Communications
    marisa.brennan@skilledtradesontario.ca