Ontario Providing New Rapid Training ProgramsPublished on January 11, 2022
The future of work is changing. We know that Ontario workers will change careers and professions multiple times over the course of their lives and will need more flexible, industry relevant training options that will prepare them for good jobs.
The government is supporting the development of up to 250 new rapid training programs that will be available for enrolment in 2022 through the Ontario Micro-credentials Challenge Fund. This is significant progress on the province’s recent $15 million investment to create industry-relevant micro-credentials at colleges, universities, Indigenous Institutes and private career colleges.
These actions are part of the government's commitment to help accelerate the development of rapid training programs and help people upgrade their skills to succeed in their current careers or find new employment.
To increase access for learners, the province has also invested $300,000 to develop and launch a new portal to make it easier to explore hundreds of rapid training opportunities in one place.
Ontario is the first jurisdiction in Canada to offer student financial assistance for micro-credentials. More than 1,200 micro-credentials are now approved for the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP), with more being approved on a regular basis.
The government’s micro-credentials strategy and new portal will help more people can gain the skills they need to become ready for in-demand jobs.