Ontario Construction Secretariat

October 21, 2008 09:01 ET

Reminder: Construction Trades Training: The Growing Role of the Union Sector

Ontario’s unionized construction sector invests over $35 million annually in the training of apprentices and journeypersons

Attention: Assignment Editor, Business/Financial Editor, Education Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor OAKVILLE, ON, UNION INVESTS 35 MILLION IN TRAINING--(Marketwire - Oct. 21, 2008) - Toronto - October 21, 2008 - The Ontario Construction Secretariat (OCS) releases a report documenting the important role Ontario's unionized construction sector has in training well-skilled, safety-minded construction tradespeople. "Building on a Foundation of Investment in Construction Trades Apprenticeships and Skills Training" focuses not only on the significant financial commitment of construction trade unions, unionized contractors and union members, it also emphasizes the intrinsic cultural commitment the unionized industry has to training. "When we started this research, we wanted to quantify the investment the unionized sector commits to training apprentices and journeypersons, we quickly discovered the financial commitment was only half the equation" explained Katherine Jacobs the OCS Director of Research and Analysis in describing the impetus for this study.

Through decades of union sector investment in training programs and specialized facilities union and union-employer training centres have grown to form a broad, diverse training infrastructure that underpins Ontario's capacity to deliver quality construction trades training. Since 2000-2001 enrolment at union administered training centres has increased approximately 150% and outpaced enrolment growth in college administered construction trades programs.

Ontario's unionized construction sector invests over $35 million annually in the training of apprentices and journeypersons, funded primarily through the hourly wage contributions of union members and employers. Furthermore, Ontario's construction unions and their contractor partners have invested close to $200 million to develop state-of-the-art training facilities to help meet the demand for highly-skilled and trained building professionals. There are currently over 65 state-of-the-art union/employer training facilities throughout Ontario delivering apprenticeship, skills upgrade and safety training. These centres deliver in-class training to both union and non-union indentured apprentices for over 20 certified trades, 13 of which are delivered exclusively by union-employer centres. Collectively, these centres delivered approximately 1.7 million hours of apprenticeship, skills and safety training between 2006 and 2007, of which fifty-five percent was delivered in the form of skills upgrade and safety training. This high proportion of voluntary skills training is a testament to the growing demand for on-going skills training in the construction trades. "Both employers and workers have come to recognize that the accelerating rate of change of technology and building techniques requires a lifelong commitment to skills upgrade training."
The Ontario Construction Secretariat represents the views and interests of unionized contractors and unionized labour in the Industrial, Commercial and Institutional construction sector. OCS gathers and distributes data to demonstrate the economic contribution, capabilities and performance of the organized ICI construction sector; promotes regular conferences between labour and management outside of collective bargaining; and promotes the advancement of the unionized construction industry in Ontario.
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For more information, please contact:
Adam Cywinski or Katherine Jacobs
Ontario Construction Secretariat
416-620-5210

/For further information: For more information, please contact:
Adam Cywinski or Katherine Jacobs
Ontario Construction Secretariat
416-620-5210
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Contact Information

  • Adam Cywinski or Katherine Jacobs, Ontario Construction Secretariat
    Primary Phone: 416-620-5210