The Advantages of Pre-Apprenticeship Training

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Pre-apprenticeship programs can have significant benefits for businesses in the short and long-term. Find out more from HHHBA.

How Pre-Apprenticeship Programs Benefit Businesses

Pre-apprenticeship programs provide an opportunity for workers to gain experience and hone their skills in a particular trade while on the job, as well as study in a classroom with instructors who know the trade and provide ongoing learning and support. These programs can be offered both by colleges and a number of different agencies working to promote trade jobs. Such programs require both the employer and the apprentice to register with the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities Apprenticeship Office.

By 2021, the government of Ontario expects 1 in 5 new jobs to be in the trades.To help meet that demand, they’ve invested 13.2 million dollars in pre-apprenticeship training programs. This training will help all Ontarians make the jump into skilled trades by providing textbooks, safety equipment and tools in addition to their work placement.

Programs like these are the perfect opportunity to train potential employees to the specific standards and policies of your business so that if you do decide to hire them full time, they already have an in-depth understanding of your operations and how to grow and succeed, which helps to improve your business overall.

Curious about the other advantages of pre-apprentices? We take a look at the specific benefits of how they can boost your business below.

Advantages of Pre-Apprenticeship Programs

  • Promotes Cost Effectiveness. Since pre-apprenticeship programs are learning opportunities, a trainee will expect a lower wage. Plus, there are often government incentives that encourage employers to offer these programs.
  • Increase in Positive Attitudes. Trainees will also approach the job with an eagerness to learn. An employee preparing for their future will come to work motivated and determined to learn how to do the job the right way.
  • Promotes Loyalty. If you help someone get started by training them in a skilled trade, then there’s a good chance they’ll use those skills to help you. Pre-apprenticeship graduates qualify for entry-level positions and full apprenticeships. Investing in these programs gives you the opportunity to build strong relationships with new talent entering the industry.
  • Fills Skill Gaps. A trainee can also help you expand your workforce’s skill set. If there is a particular skill that your company needs, you can invest in new workers, encouraging them to learn new skills. Then, as full apprentices, they can take courses to hone those skills.
  • Improves Company Image. A pre-apprentice reflects well on your company. It shows that you have the foresight and ability to teach new workers.
  • Prepares for Your Company’s Future. According to the Government of Ontario, the average age of a skilled tradesperson is 47 years old. Apprentices help to build the next generation of workers for your business.

How to Prepare for a Pre-Apprenticeship

The Government of Ontario’s website provides step-by-step instructions to help direct anyone interested in applying for a pre-apprenticeship program. You can also review specific information for hiring an apprentice.

Keep in mind that even if opening your business to pre-apprenticeship programs isn’t the right option right now, it could be in the future.