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Train in Trades Summer Tour

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Regional Skilled Trades Awareness Campaign

In response to a growing shortage of skilled employees to support industrial growth in the region, the Train in Trades (TNT) initiative was born. It is a collaborative effort among The Office of the Member of Provincial Parliament, The City of Barrie, Georgian College, The Greater Barrie Chamber of Commerce, The Simcoe County District School Board, The Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board, The Barrie Advance and the community-at-large.

“Our latest look at the situation suggests that at least 400 jobs were available in skilled trades in Barrie in late October – despite Barrie having a relatively high unemployment rate.  The Train in Trades program is our effort to help get the word out about these jobs and the skilled trades training opportunities that exist right here in Barrie.  It’s about making more jobs accessible to our residents,” stated Mayor Lehman at the official launch.

While the Barrie area continues to struggle with an unemployment rate higher than the provincial average there are more than 200 skilled jobs available in the region and a shortage of trained applicants.

This initiative aims to help close the gap between available jobs and qualified people through a public-awareness campaign and community outreach.

“There is a significant misconception around manufacturing and the skilled trades,” said MPP Jackson.  “Manufacturing has changed and these are creative, problem-solving jobs.  Our vision is to lead the province in attracting industry to locate in Barrie due to our skilled labour pool.” 

TNT will be on the road all of August for a summer tour, visit them at any of the venues below, and spread the word to your friends and associates; help us raise awareness of the skilled labour shortage in our area!

  • Train in TradesSaturday, August 03: Kempenfest
  • Wednesday, August 21: Barrie Fair
  • Saturday, August 24: Dragon Boat Festival 

For more information about TNT, please visit or call 705-726-5538. 

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