• London Chamber Applauds Provincial Government Initiative to Tackle Labour Shortage Through Skilled Trades Focused Career Fairs

    The London Chamber of Commerce applauds the recent announcement from the Ontario Government and the Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training, and Skills Development that career fairs focusing specifically on the skilled trades will soon be offered to students in grades 7 through 12.

    This initiative of the provincial government speaks directly to a policy paper written in 2020 by the London Chamber of Commerce and later adopted by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce entitled “Re-calibrating early childhood education to close the skills deficit.”

    Currently, there are more than 360,000 jobs going unfilled across the province and one in five new job openings in Ontario are projected to be in the skilled trades by 2025. The skills gap in Ontario is costing the province billions of dollars in forgone GDP.

    “Ensuring that students are introduced to skilled trades as a viable career choice at an early age is essential to closing the skills gap,” says Kristen Duever, VP of Public Affairs at the London Chamber of Commerce. “Doing so will help not only to reduce future job vacancy rates, but future unemployment rates as well.” 

    Career fairs are taking place in London on November 9 and 10th. 

    https://www.ontario.ca/page/prepare-apprenticeship

    Kristen Duever