Apprenticeship and Skilled Trades – Information for Employers
Local employers may soon face difficulties finding skilled trade workers, as Baby Boomers begin to exit the workforce in record numbers. A solution may be to consider hiring immigrant apprentices or individuals trained abroad in different skilled trades.
Apprenticeship training in Ontario is administered through the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU). An apprenticeship is a relationship between an employer, an apprentice, and the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. A consultant from MTCU will help an employer develop a training agreement.
The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities has produced fact sheets on the 58 trades that have the most apprenticeship registrations. To find more about these trades, go to:
Trades in Ontario.
Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities – Apprenticeship Branch Offices:
Barrie Area (covering Simcoe County and Muskoka District)
55 Cedar Point Dr.
Barrie, ON L4N 5R7
44 Hurontario Street
Collingwood, ON L9Y 2L6
Employment Ontario Support for Employers
Employers can receive help in finding potential apprentices and information about financial incentives through the local employment Ontario delivery agency.
Find a Simcoe County location nearest you:
Employment Ontario Employment Services
Employment Ontario has developed a comprehensive Guide for Employers and Sponsors which covers all areas of hiring and training an apprentice:
EO Apprenticeship Training in Ontario - A Guide for Employers and Sponsors
Other resources and links for hiring apprentices:
CareersInTrades.ca is a website designed to promote skilled trades in Canada, and includes resources for apprentices and employers, as well as parents and teachers. It features videos, news articles, and useful guides. Check out the
ApprenticeSearch.com is a website designed to connect apprentices and employers across Ontario. It also includes an
Employer Resources section with information such as: certification, wage incentives, posting a job, registering an apprentice, and recruitment.
Georgian College campuses across Simcoe County offer various "in-school" apprenticeship training components. Read the
Apprenticeships - Overview for more information.
For a complete list of current apprenticeship programs offered at Georgian College, click
For more information, call Georgian College at 705-728-1968, ext. 5103 or contact the MTCU's Apprenticeship Client Services at 705-737-1431 (Barrie), 705-737-1431 or 1-800-560-3821 (Muskoka) or 519-376-5790 (Owen Sound).