The LEPC, in partnership with local industry, unions, businesses and education facilities, recognizes that there are unique issues that are facing apprenticeships in Northern Ontario. Through research and consultation, the LEPC has moved forward with several initiatives including the creation of an apprenticeship consortium guide, a trades report, and a marketing campaign to promote apprenticeship as a viable career option for young people.

Our Promotional Campaign

Attitudes are changing in relation to the trades as a career but this is not translating into active promotion of the trades as a career choice for young people among parents, educators and peers. Encouraging parents and educators to become advocates for the trades offers an opportunity to enhance labour market efficiency in the region. In response to this challenge, the LEPC is conducting a marketing campaign to promote parental awareness and comfort with the trades and apprenticeships as a viable career and post-secondary education option for young people.

"Live Life Hands On" Promotional Videos

"Live Life Hands On" Promotional Material

Apprenticeship Information

Looking for a challenging and rewarding career in Northwestern Ontario? Apprenticeship is a promising pathway to a good job and skills that will last a lifetime. Check out the resources below to learn more about apprenticeship, find employers and training, available grants and loans, and more.

The Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development (formerly the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU)) Modernization of Ontario's Apprenticeship System was undertaken in 2018. Trades have also been identified as a priority by the current government. See below for links to relevant information pertaining to apprenticeships:

Our Projects

Consortium Guide

The Maximizing Apprenticeship Opportunities Report indicates that small and medium-size employers have difficulty recruiting and developing apprentices. The report recommends that a consortium model be piloted in order to address the challenges of small and medium-size employers. In response to this recommendation, the LEPC developed a guide that outlines the implementation strategy for an apprenticeship consortium model for the LEPC region.

It is our hopes that the guide will increase awareness of the consortium model (the organized sharing of apprentices) for apprenticeship and its benefits for small and medium-size employers.

International Lessons in Developing a Highly Skilled Workforce Event

The LEPC/CLPE in partnership with the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce and local business owner Uli Walther hosted a series of engagement sessions focusing on the potential for adopting new strategies and best practices that have been successfully implemented in apprenticeship systems in other jurisdictions.

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This project is funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.

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