Myth: Apprentices don’t make loyal employees.

Reality: Did you know that 82% of apprentices who started their apprenticeship complete their Certificate of Apprenticeship (CofA) with the same employer for the London Economic Region?

The London Economic Region includes the County of Oxford, County of Elgin, County
of Middlesex and the Cities of St. Thomas and London.


Myth: Hiring an apprentice costs money.

Reality: For every dollar invested, employers receive an average return of a $1.47
within the scope of the apprenticeship.

The net benefit ranges, depending on the trade, from $39,524 for cooks to $245,264
for heavy-duty equipment mechanics.

Employers identify wages, journeyperson time training, wastage (time and materials in the event of a mistake), registration fees/tuition and administration fees as the primary costs. When taken against their workplace contributions and charge-out rates, the fact that apprentices earn a lower wage, results in financial benefits for the employer, often by the end of the second year. As an apprentice’s wages go up, so too does their productivity and the revenue they generate.


Myth: Women don’t belong in the trades.

Reality: The sentiment that women don’t belong in the trades is an outdated stereotype.

With increasing retirements and a smaller pool of young people entering the skilled trades, women are a huge part of the construction industry’s future.

More and more, women are entering the trades and proving themselves to be
capable, reliable and productive workers. The skilled trades require agility,
endurance, balance and coordination – not a specific gender.

In today’s trades, men and women work as respected members of the same teams
and earn the same rates. If you’re still skeptical, check out the video below of
industry leaders talking about the value of women in the trades.


Debunking the Myths:

This video debunks several myths associated with a career in the trades and provides
further insights into this diverse, rewarding, and growing field.