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IPP&T: Despite COVID, manufacturers still need skilled workers

IPPT editor Don Horne spoke with Ian Howcroft, the CEO of SkillsOntario, on how the pandemic has affected skills training in the province

July 23, 2020  by IPP&T

Ian Howcroft


IPPT
editor Don Horne spoke with Ian Howcroft, the CEO of SkillsOntario, on how the pandemic has affected skills training in the province, how the programs have adjusted to the new normal.

IPPT: Skilled trades – what is the demand for skilled workers in Ontario?

Howcroft: Data is catching up with COVID but from what we are hearing the demand is anywhere from strong to very strong for skilled workers depending on your sector. If anything, this pandemic has underscored the fact that skilled trades and tech careers are essential to keeping the machinery of our health care system, our economy and our society moving forward. Even in sectors that have been shut down during COVID, like the hotel industry, the maintenance technicians are often kept on to ensure the facilities remain functioning through this period. Meanwhile, I think many of us have a much better understanding of the critical importance of hairstylists.

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