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Skilled Trades Ontario reaching out to industry for guidance

March 29, 2023 | By HPAC Magazine

The agency responsible for apprenticeship and skilled trades certification in Ontario is forming committees to make sure programs are up to date.

Skilled Trades Ontario, the government agency responsible for apprenticeship and skilled trades certification in the province, is inviting subject matter experts to participate in developing standards and examinations to ensure they continue to meet the needs of industry, apprentices, and trades professionals in the province.

The new Standards Industry Advisory Committees will be responsible for providing support to Skilled Trades Ontario as the agency develops or updates standards and examinations.

Committee contributions could include reviewing examination content, skill competencies, and learning outcomes.

If selected, participants will have the opportunity to contribute their expertise through in-person or online workshops and online surveys.

Skilled Trades Ontario is seeking experts working in their sector who have the following qualifications and skills:

  • up-to-date, broad knowledge of their trade with specific technical knowledge or experience
  • flexibility and commitment to dedicate time and energy to the task at hand
  • unbiased attitude
  • ability to support Skilled Trades Ontario’s Program Development Specialists
  • responsiveness to requests
  • communication skills

The agency is committed to ensuring committee participants have diverse backgrounds and skills, including varying years of experience and representation from regions across the province.

Plumbing and HVAC/R industry experts with an interest can find a submission form on Skilled Trades Ontario’s website.

This year, Skilled Trades Ontario plans to review standards for a wide range of Red Seal and Ontario trades, and the agency also plans to release a Strategic Plan this spring, which will inform further standards development activities in 2023.




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