Employers stumble in hiring apprentices

Less than one-in-five hire apprentices, despite looming shortage
By Shannon Klie
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 09/18/2006

Despite reports there are currently 20,000 skilled positions employers can’t fill, and estimates from the Conference Board of Canada that there will be 1.2 million open positions by 2025, most employers aren’t hiring apprentices, according to a recent study.

“The time is now to start taking care of this issue. You can’t hire a green apprentice and have them be a fully functioning journeyperson overnight,” said Beverlie Cook, project manager of the Skills Canada and Canadian Apprenticeship Forum’s joint Skilled Trades Promotion Project, which commissioned the

Employer Attitudes and Perceptions of Apprenticeship Study