The Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) has partnered with Skills Ontario to support a program empowering underrepresented youth to learn about skilled trades and technologies.
The collaboration will see IBC become a premium partner of the Skills Ontario’s diversity, equity, and inclusion program, providing support for its First Nations, Métis, and Inuit initiatives.
“We are excited to have the Insurance Bureau of Canada as a partner,” Skills Ontario CEO Ian Howcroft said in a press release. “Our partners recognize the importance of informing youth about skilled trades and play a role in helping us prepare the next generation of skilled trade and technology professionals. We look forward to growing our partnership with Insurance Bureau of Canada.”
Established in 1989, Skills Ontario is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping the youth to explore career paths in skilled trades and technologies.
Through experiential learning, mentorship, and networking opportunities, the organization has reached thousands of young individuals who may not have considered such careers before or who may have faced discouragement in doing so.
Its initiatives include conferences and workshops geared towards underrepresented groups, including Black youth, Indigenous youth, people of colour, newcomers, at-risk youth, and individuals with exceptionalities.
“IBC is pleased to support Skills Ontario and the important work the organization is doing to encourage everyone to consider a rewarding career as a skilled trade and technology professional,” said Kim Donaldson, IBC’s Ontario vice president.
“The insurance industry relies on skilled trade professionals to repair homes, businesses or vehicles that have sustained an insured loss. We want to do our part to help close the skilled-trade gap, as a complement to our industry’s sustained efforts to bring in talent to the property and casualty insurance sector.”
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