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OCS study aims to improve apprenticeship program


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May 9, 2013 by PATRICK CALLAN

Bill Empey, managing partner at Prism Economics and Analysis, Sean Strickland, CEO of OCS, and Katherine Jacobs, director of research and analysis at OCS, discuss the results of a study on apprenticeship in Ontario's construction industry during a press conference at Queen's Park in Toronto on May 9, 2013.
Bill Empey, managing partner at Prism Economics and Analysis, Sean Strickland, CEO of OCS, and Katherine Jacobs, director of research and analysis at OCS, discuss the results of a study on apprenticeship in Ontario's construction industry during a press conference at Queen's Park in Toronto on May 9, 2013.

The Ontario Construction Secretariat says union-employer partnerships account for the highest numbers of apprentices who become journeymen in Ontario, according to results from a study it released Thursday.

The OCS commissioned study, Completion Counts: Raising Apprenticeship Completion Rates to Address Skills Shortages in Ontario’s Construction Industry, shows 75 per cent of apprentices trained through a Joint Apprentice Training Trust completed their program, while only 58 per cent of those who took other routes achieved a certificate of qualification.

The study recommends three policies the government and employers can implement in order to address skills shortages in Ontario’s construction industry while maximizing return on investment from apprentices:

  • a provincial commitment to the Canada Job Grant that encourages apprenticeship completion
  • procurement policies that create work for apprentices on all public infrastructure projects including provincially funded projects in municipalities, hospitals, universities and colleges
  • leveraging the investment and success achieved through joint labour-management partnerships

Sean Strickland, CEO of the Ontario Construction Secretariat, said the best way of leveraging government money is to invest in programs such as union-employer partnerships, which often provide a high degree of trade specialization and create a training culture. 

“The result is custom-built facilities and programs that are designed, equipped and structured to provide the optimal conditions for delivering trade-specific training,” he said.

In 2012, there were 60,000 construction trade apprentices in Ontario working in the field or completing their schooling through community colleges and union-employer training centres.


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