Skilled Trades Project

Community conversation about skilled trades

A shortage of skilled trades is one of the biggest challenges area businesses face.

The Workforce Planning Board of Grand Erie was asked by the Government of Ontario to talk to local businesses about skilled trades shortages in Brantford, Brant, Haldimand, Norfolk, Six Nations and Mississaugas of the Credit.

We gathered information and viewpoints from Grand Erie employers through a short online survey, skilled trades appreciation events and one-on-one meetings during 2019.

The conversations centred on:

  • Identifying the trade positions that are hardest to fill and why;
  • How to increase the number of journeypersons and apprentices;
  • How to improve Ontario’s apprenticeship system.

The learnings from these conversations are found in this report:

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