Ontario has one of the best educated workforces in the G7. The province's apprenticeship system plays a big role in its success at attracting investors and in helping businesses thrive in international markets. More than 62 per cent of Ontario workers have a post-secondary education – a higher percentage than in any other developed country.
A network of 20 universities and 24 colleges train students in every
field, from the skilled trades to the most advanced areas of science,
engineering and business. There are apprenticeship programs for more
than 150 skilled trades in four sectors: construction, motive power,
industrial and services, which build a well-educated and highly skilled
workforce that companies can depend on in order to operate, innovate and
Ontario's Apprenticeship programs
Ontario's apprenticeship programs are part of the reason Ontario is on the cutting
edge of advanced manufacturing industries, clean energy and clean
technology, and more. The simple fact is that smart, highly skilled and
talented employees make smart products.
Ontario's apprenticeship programs range from two to five years.
Through the programs, students work under the supervision of a person in
the industry. The programs incorporate on-the-job training with an
in-school component provided at Ontario colleges.
As of summer 2012 more than 120,000 apprentices are learning a trade
in Ontario. Annual enrolment is up 13,000 as students look to get
on-the-job experience to enhance their skill sets. The benefits to
investors are enormous, as businesses can find the right people for the
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