TRAINING FUTURE GENERATIONS of highly skilled construction workers is a core value of Ontario’s unionized construction industry. With over $260 million invested in 95 joint union/employer training centres across Ontario, the unionized construction industry provides first-rate apprenticeship and upgrade training to ensure workers are prepared to meet the demands of the job.
JOINT APPRENTICESHIP TRAINING YIELD RESULTS
Supportive mentorship, academic upgrading and advanced courses are just some of the mechanisms utilized by joint union/employer training centres that lead to successful apprenticeship completions.
Three-quarters (75%) of apprentices registered in four compulsory trades at joint union/employer training centres go on to complete their training and become certified journeypersons. In contrast, only 58% of comparable apprentices training in non-union environments will complete their program. Joint union/employer training partnerships understand that seeing apprentices through to journeyperson status addresses the industry’s skilled labour challenges.
Canada’s aging population creates challenges for all sectors of the economy. Unions and their contractor partners work hard to promote careers in construction and to offer training opportunities. The number of registered apprentices enrolled in union/employer training centres has more than tripled (up 185%) over the past decade.
Source: Prism Economics and Analysis & Dr. Morley Gunderson, Completion counts: Raising apprenticeship completions rates in Ontario’s construction industry, May 2013.
Apprentices need work experience to learn the skills of their trade and union contractors are big supporters of apprenticeship. 8 out of 10 union contractors (82% to be exact) employ at least one apprentice.