The Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario an umbrella organization that represents construction workers in the province announced its support, in principle, for the establishment of the College of Trades.
The College would oversee the apprenticeship and training agenda in Ontario, allowing industry experts greater input over aspects of skills training, said business manager and secretary-treasurer of the Council, Patrick Dillon.
The genus for the formation of such a college came earlier this year when former deputy minister Tim Armstrong, after performing a consultation on the expansion of compulsory/restricted certification under the Trades Qualification and Apprenticeship Act and the Apprenticeship and Certification Act, released his report that highlighted the establishment of the college as a key recommendation.
“There is a great deal of work to do to ensure that we have an effective and responsive mechanism to oversee skills training in Ontario so we are ready to meet the demands of owner-clients looking to invest here,” said Dillon. “We also have a responsibility to ensure that our youth see the trades as a safe and rewarding career choice.”
It is important to remember that the Council has offered its support in principle and that there has yet to be a timeline put forward for the establishment of the college.