Skilled trades pitched to Windsor girls as career choice
PC Leader Tim Hudak has promised to create 200,000 apprenticeships
Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak has made jobs a top priority during his election campaign.
He promises to both cut and create jobs; cutting 100,000 from the public sector and creating 1 million more in the private sector.
Part of his plan is to create 200,000 apprenticeships.
"They have this old rule that dates back to the 1970s that says for every single apprentice in many trades you have to have four or five journeymen, so they limit the number of opportunities," Hudak said, during a campaign stop in Vaughan last week. "Allow each journeyman to mentor and train an apprentice, one each, and that'll help create 200,000 positions."
More than 300 people attended an event at St. Clair College on Wednesday night.
The focus was on bringing girls into those kinds of skilled trades jobs, which often use apprentices.
Nour Hachem of Women's Enterprise Skills Training organized the event.
"Focusing on getting more youth into apprenticeship, but also looking at different pathways like entrepreneurship," Hachem said. "Investing in entrepreneurship is critical to the local economy and investing in technology and training of technology."
April Cahill brought her daughter to the event.
"It's good to come out and get her to know about different jobs that are available. And seems to me skilled trades are very good right now," Cahill said..
That was the message from organizers: skilled trades jobs are well-paying jobs.
Keondra Tomlinson, 14, is a Grade 9 student who attended the session. A teacher encouraged her to attend.
"And I'm really happy i came because this is interesting," she said.
Mike Ouellette of Valiant Machine and Tool said the government should "should subsidize the employer to help out" in finding skilled labourers.
He called job creation "political."
"I think they should come out to industry and see what's necessary and talk to industry and see what's involved," he said. "It's not a pretty picture."
Manufacturers in Windsor continue to say there is a shortage of skilled labour in the city.
Ontario Liberal Leader Kathleen Wynne said last week that there was no evidence to suggest that changing apprentice ratios would create jobs.
She warned that if Hudak becomes premier, he will end grants to corporations and slash government spending, both of which will cost jobs.
Many employers CBC spoke with Wednesday night said they would like to see the government invest more in training apprentices.