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STUDY: Union Apprentices 17% More Likely to Complete Apprenticeships than Non-Union Counterparts

LiUNA! Local 625 (Ontario) Apprentices

In Canada, apprentices working with unions are more likely to complete training and move into the job market than their non-union peers according to a new report.

Of the apprentices studied, 75 percent completed training that was run through a Joint Apprenticeship Training Trust (JATT) while only 58 percent completed training when apprenticing with individual, non-union affiliated employers. Apprenticeships are a key component of readying a new generation of skilled workers and suggest yet another reason why unions are central to a healthy labor market moving forward. Sean Strickland, chief executive officer of the Ontario Construction Secretariat (OCS), said of the findings:

“Ontario’s union-employer training centres are an integral and growing piece of the province’s jobs training infrastructure. Union-employer training partnerships deliver better results. We see this in the number of union apprentices who complete their training and earn their Certificate of Qualification to become a journeyperson.”

The report indicates that the unique partnership between construction unions and their contract partners results in apprentices being given the proper resources to build careers in their respective trades. Part of the higher success rate stems from a more effective screening process and pre-apprenticeship training that better prepares apprentices for the road ahead. These factors, combined with a higher rate of investment in training facilities, creates an environment for success.

More findings from the report, Completion Counts: Raising Apprenticeship Completion Rates To Address Skills Shortages in Ontario’s Construction Industry, suggest that union apprentices are:

— more likely to attend the technical in-school portion of apprenticeship training,

— more likely to complete, albeit beyond the prescribed program duration,

— have higher levels of education prior to starting their apprenticeship,

— less likely to change employers to seek better employment opportunities during the course of their apprenticeship,

— more likely to have a larger number of employers

— less likely to change employers to seek improved work conditions or better training opportunities during the course of their apprenticeship.

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