Prospective Employers

Apprenticeships allow you to invest in your business's future. By taking on an apprentice you can acquire specialist skills for your business that allow you to keep abreast of new technology.

OYAP provides employers with a new source of workers to address the shortage of skilled workers they need to compete in today's global economy. Training and mentoring a student through OYAP opens the door to a better future for our youth and helps maintain a skilled workforce in our community. Young apprentices are eager to learn and have the right kind of attitude.

Apprenticeships equip young people with the skills and knowledge to do the job better. Because they are motivated, they work harder and more effectively for your business.

Apprentices are motivated people who are keen to learn. By offering Apprenticeships your will find it easier to recruit and retain able young people.

Top 10 Reasons to Hire an Apprentice

Hiring an apprentice makes your company more profitable

Research shows that employer costs are offset by increased revenues. Government surveys show that for each $1.00 invested results in an average return of a $1.47. That’s almost a 50% return!

Reduces Overheads

One of the benefits of hiring an apprentice is that you save on wages. When you hire an apprentice you will be paying apprentice rates which are lower than standard wages for fully qualified trades-people.

Tax Incentives

You may be eligible for a number of tax incentives from the Government of Ontario. Employers can receive a tax credit for each apprenticeship of $10,000 per year. The maximum credit over the first 48-month period of the apprenticeship is $40,000.

Reduces employee turnover and costs

Studies show that employees who are properly trained tend to work for the same employer longer and take fewer sick days. As an employer you have the chance to teach and influence the apprentice to your style of business without worrying about habits picked up from previous employment.

Improves health and safety

A journeyperson who teaches and monitors safety procedures for an apprentice is likely to become more rigorous about safe work practices throughout the shop. This can lead to fewer mistakes and accidents, lower compensation costs, and lower insurance costs Insurance companies recognize and reward the lower risk of a skilled workforce.

It makes your company more productive

A journeyperson you train internally will be more productive than one you hire from outside. As they gain skills and knowledge, they also develop a thorough understanding of your business needs and how best to meet them.

Improves your product quality

Through hands-on training and classroom instruction, apprentices learn to maintain equipment properly and use material appropriately ensuring less waste and a quality product. The whole experience instills a sense of pride that can increase the overall standard of quality in the shop.

Enhances the skills of all your staff

Apprentices are keen to learn and their enthusiasm is contagious. Journeypersons who train them will enhance and revitalize their own skills and knowledge. During classroom instruction, apprentices learn the latest technology and best practices which they can pass on to all your staff. This two-way skills development can inspire others to continually improve.

Provides a competitive edge

Hiring an energetic and techno-savvy young person can give your shop a leg up when it comes to competing for customers and contracts. Young people embrace technology and during technical training instruction they are exposed to the latest innovations that will be valuable to your business.

Lets you plan a successful future

While others struggle to find skilled workers, you will have employees who are fully trained to industry standards and understand the unique values of your workplace. Apprenticeship can give you a pipeline of skilled tradespeople for the future, while you provide career opportunities for them today.

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