Members of the Ontario Skilled Trades Alliance, SkillsOntario and the Construction and Design Alliance of Ontario also attended to show support as the groups have been working together to find solutions to fill the skills gap. About 91,000 tradespeople are anticipated to retire by 2027, explained Clive Thurston, president of the OGCA. “This day was a great way to bring everybody up to speed on what is actually happening out there in the workplace, what works, what doesn’t work, what needs to be done. There is a lot underway that this lobby day helped reinforce and promote,” said Thurston, following the event. In the meetings, the OGCA asked the government to develop a government-wide and multi-faceted skills strategy and appoint a chief skills advisor at the ministry of training, colleges and universities who will be responsible for elevating the public perception of the trades and address barriers to entering the trades READ HERE
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