The LEPC/CLPE 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/CPLE 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
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 is developing a guide that outlines the implementation strategy for an apprenticeship consortium model for the LEPC region.
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.
Using regional data from the Ontario College of Trades, the LEPC and Kallio Consulting will be producing a report that outlines successful apprenticeships and trades certification in the region. This report will allow community members and service providers to have a better understanding of the current landscape in the trades sector.
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.