In April 2021, Ontario employers were actively recruiting for an estimated 250,000 jobs, but by June 2021, Ontario’s unemployment rate was 8.4%. With job seekers in such high demand but the unemployment rate so high, there was clearly a disconnect between employers and job seekers in 2021. One explanation for this disconnect could be that the skills employers needed were not the skills reflected in the applicants. The good news? Up to 100,000 Ontario workers and job seekers could receive free online training to gain the skills and knowledge needed to restart their careers.
The training courses, provided by the Ontario government, will cover topics ranging from IT to finance to business administration. Workers will have access to over 17,000 courses taught by global experts. Participants will also have access to Employment Ontario career experts, who will coach workers on which courses match their needs and career goals. Up to 2100 of the most in-demand courses will also be offered in other languages, including French, German, Japanese, Spanish, Mandarin and Portuguese.
Job seekers and workers can access this free training until March 31, 2022.
The free online training program funding is part of the Skills Development Fund, created to address these challenges to hiring, training and retraining workers because of the pandemic.
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