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The Hon. Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development announced the province will spend $20 million to help small businesses jointly sponsor and train apprentices.

The new Group Sponsorship Grant program is intended to reduce pressure on any one employer to see an apprentice through to completion of their training, stated a recent release.

HRAI is pleased that the Ontario Government has invested in this program, and believes it will be benefit for its members who primarily are small businesses and small business owners.

Group sponsors consist of two or more people who act as a single sponsor to collectively provide training to apprentices to help them gain work experience to improve their career success. Group sponsors share apprenticeship management and training responsibilities, including:

  • interviewing and selecting prospective apprentices,
  • establishing a training network,
  • coordinating and monitoring the apprentice’s on-the-job workplace training,
  • submitting documentation for apprenticeship applications,
  • registering training agreements and
  • completing the apprenticeship training programs.

The program also includes support for apprentices through the apprenticeship cycle, including registration, workplace and classroom-based training, completion and trade certification; and overseeing affiliated employers and organizations who provide apprenticeship training and ensuring they are delivering apprenticeship training in accordance with the Ontario College of Trades and Apprenticeship Act, its regulations and training standards.

The application is available to existing and new group sponsors and successful applicants may receive funding for up to three years.

To read more information about this program, click here.

If you have questions about this information or about other provincial government programs related to the Skilled Trades, please contact:   Dorothy McCabe, Government Relations Specialist – Ontario, dmccabe@hrai.ca  or at 1-800-267-2231 ext. 274.