Grade 11 students in Ontario can apprentice full time and still get their diploma as part of efforts to solve the shortage of workers in skilled trades.
In a statement, Ontario states it is preparing young people for in-demand and well paying careers by allowing students in grade 11 to transition to a full time, skilled trades apprenticeship program.
“Upon receiving their Certificate of Apprenticeship, these young workers can apply for their Ontario Secondary School Diploma as mature students,” notes the provincial government.
Doug Ford, Ontario Premier, states “Whether it’s enhancing trades education in our schools , breaking down barriers for newcomer or upskilling workers, we’re leaving no stone unturned to train the skilled workers in Ontario.”
The province needs 72,000 new workers by 2027 in the construction industry alone to fill open positions and expected job growth.
The Ministry of Education is working to recognize up to 30 credits required to earn the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) for individuals with a Certificate of Apprenticeship or equivalent.