Support Ontario Youth hits 500-apprentice milestone

by | Dec 21, 2023 | 0 comments

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Support Ontario Youth (SOY), a leading industry and government-supported apprentice sponsor group, announce the official registration of 500 apprentices.

This significant milestone represents the dedication and hard work of our team, apprentices, mentors, and partners who have contributed to the growth and success of Ontario’s skilled trades industry.

Working across several skilled trades sectors, information from the organization says that approximately 30 of these registered apprentices are working in the motive power trade. The majority of registrants, some 77%, are in construction trades.

“Skilled trades workers are vital to the growth of our economy,” said David Piccini, Minister of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development.

“Our government is proud to invest in organizations like Support Ontario Youth as they continue inspiring young people across our province to explore careers in the skilled trades and helping Ontario reach a historic number of apprenticeship registrations.”

“The journey to registering 500 apprentices has been made possible by the passion and commitment of all those involved,” says the apprenticeship organization.

“Recognizing that skilled trades are essential for a prosperous future, SOY is dedicated to nurturing the next generation of skilled tradespeople. By celebrating this achievement, we hope to inspire and motivate more young individuals to pursue a career in the trades.”

“I can’t believe we are at 500 apprentices. What an awesome accomplishment and such amazing growth. We couldn’t have reached this milestone without the support of our dedicated team, apprentices, mentors, and partners,” said Melanie Winter – Executive Director of Support Ontario Youth.

“Their unwavering support has paved the way for countless people to kickstart their careers and has strengthened Ontario’s skilled trades industry as a whole.”

Since its inception, SOY has provided advice and support to current and future apprentices, employers, and industry stakeholders. Its mission is to streamline the apprenticeship pathway in Ontario by advocating for apprentices and supporting their careers while providing full support to employers.

For more information about Support Ontario Youth and our initiatives, please visit our website at

About SOY

Support Ontario Youth is a registered charity working closely with apprentices, employers, and industry stakeholders to identify gaps in apprenticeship learning and training and help those directly involved by supporting, mentoring, and guiding their efforts to help streamline and modernize the trade pathways.

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