Ontario’s screwed up apprenticeship ratios: Is IBEW “a closed shop catering to sons or daughters of members?”
Sean Gander details just how far his son went trying to break into the electrical field. He says the IBEW treated his son unfairly. Does this sound like a fair system to you?
June 29, 2018 by canadiancontractor
NEWS FLASH: Apprenticeship ratios in Ontario are screwed up. As they in some other provinces. In a recent post, John Bleasby wondered if the Ontario version of this mess will be fixed by the incoming PC government led by Doug Ford.
We got a bunch of comments on this issue…
It’s almost impossible for a young person to get an apprenticeship unless they know someone important .
My son wanted to be an electrician when he finished Grade 12. He took an electrical course at community college and then we tried the IBEW in Kitchener, ON. They said if I was an electrician they could put him on the waiting list! I am a millwright.
So I took him to the IBEW in Hamilton. They put him through safety courses, etc. and they said they would put him on the list. We never heard back from either IBEW.
It all seems to be a closed shop catering to sons or daughters of members. I know people that applied after my son but their parents were members and they managed to get an apprenticeship. Yet my son was still never called and kept calling the IBEW for updates. He finally managed to get in as a millwright where I worked .
When I did my apprenticeship, the ratio was two tradesmen for every apprentice. I had options as to trade choices as there were so many companies looking to train apprentices in the UK.
Here, the government needs to offer incentives to companies training apprentices.
I remember a few feeble attempts at government programs for apprentices where the government would offer wage incentives to companies for, I believe, 18 months. The company I was at then laid the apprentices off after 18 months and only used them for cheap labour. They never bothered training them for anything.
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