Thousands of workers are needed in the skilled trades to help build more homes and complete important infrastructure projects across Ontario.
Careers in the trades are in-demand, well-paying and often come with benefits and pensions.
At a time when our province continues to face historic labour shortages, we need all hands on deck to help build Ontario.
That is why, our government is allowing grade 11 students to transition to full-time, skilled trades apprenticeship programs.
Upon receiving their Certificate of Apprenticeship, these young workers can apply for their Ontario Secondary School Diploma as mature students.
This change means that more students will be able to enter the trades faster than ever before.
Additionally, our government is consulting this fall with employers, unions, education stakeholders and others on altering entry requirements so students can enter the trades sooner.