OSHAWA, ONT. — Graduates from some Durham College (DC) trades programs can receive advanced standing towards completing an apprenticeship program thanks to recent approvals by the provincial government.
Students who graduate from one of four post-secondary programs: Mechanical Technician – Elevating Devices; Mechanical Technician – Millwright; Automotive Technician – Service and Management; and Welding Engineering Technician, and pursue an apprenticeship can now discuss exemption from the in-school portion of studies with their employers.
Apprenticeship programs are governed by the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development and require an apprentice to be hired by an employer that will provide on-the-job training for a defined period of time, interspersed with on-campus studies at the college.
With the new approvals from the government, graduates of these four programs are expected to be in greater demand by employers and provide more incentive for employers to hire them.
“If the employer agrees to recognize the training already completed, they will save money and time not having to replace the apprentice during on-campus studies or losing their services while they are studying,” states a release. “In addition, they will be hiring an individual who has experience in and a broader understanding of the industry. The apprentices will still need the same total of on-the-job hours to complete an apprenticeship level, but their primary focus would be with their employer’s needs.”
All course assessments, lab activities and other learning materials were mapped against the apprenticeship standards to ensure all apprenticeship outcomes were being met, adds the release.