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Dunlop Plan for Skilled Trades

Orillia | by Jim Birchard  

Simcoe North PC MPP has four point plan to get more people in the trades

Simcoe North MPP Garfield Dunlop has released a report on how to improve the skilled trades in Ontario and get more people into apprenticeship.

In his role as Conservative critic for Skilled Trades and Apprenticeship, Dunlop says he has toured the province looking for input from workers and employers on how to strengthen the trades sector and create more jobs.

He says his report focuses on four avenues on how to achieve that goal.

Dunlop says the first proposal is to get rid of the College of Trades and return responsibility for the regulation of the skilled trades to the Ministry of Training College and Universities.

He says the second proposal would see the ratio of Journayperson to apprentice reduced to 1 to 1.

Dunlop's third proposal would see the private sector involved with apprenticeship training.

The fourth proposal would promote skilled trades across the province so people view it as an attractive option for a career.

Dunlop says his opposition to the College of Trades has resulted in the College attacking him by claiming he is spreading misinformation.

He says that is just not true.

Dunlop says if the Conservatives form the next Government, they will shut down the College of Trades. 


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