Building a Skilled Workforce in Sault Ste. Marie


Today, Ross Romano, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities and MPP for Sault Ste. Marie, was at Sault College to discuss Ontario’s increased investment into pre-apprenticeship programs at the college. This will help people gain the trade specific knowledge, portable job skills, and valuable work experience they need to secure good, well-paying jobs.

This year, the government expanded its investment into the Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program to $18.3 million – an increase of $5 million from the previous year. This funding will allow colleges and other community organizations to offer 84 programs across the province that will introduce over 1,600 people to the trades. The program connects people with new opportunities to get publicly-funded training for careers in trades-related jobs and to further explore apprenticeship.

Sault College will receive $241,350 in funding that aims to increase seats for women to participate in a 32-week program with primary training in Construction and Maintenance Electrician and gain exposure to Industrial Electrician, Iron Worker, Plumber and Steamfitter. Job placements with on-the-job experiences will help them decide what apprenticeship pathway would suit them most so they can work in in-demand jobs around Sault Ste. Marie.

“Our government knows that employers are looking for job-ready people to help fill vacancies in the skilled trades,” said Ross Romano, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities. “By expanding funding this year for pre-apprenticeship training programs, we are helping more people get a successful start on the path to apprenticeship. The funding announced today also allows us to support the training of more women and Indigenous learners for rewarding, well-paying careers in the skilled trades. We’re not just building skills and capacity, we’re investing in people and their potential,” said Minister Romano.