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Nominations open for apprenticeship training awards

Toronto - A search has been launched for Ontario employers that are helping to build the province's skilled workforce by training new apprentices.

Human Resources

January 30, 2012
By MRO Magazine

Toronto – A search has been launched for Ontario employers that are helping to build the province’s skilled workforce by training new apprentices.

The Hon. Glen R. Murray, Ontario’s Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, launched the 2012 annual Minister’s Awards for Apprenticeship Training at the FLO Components Ltd. head office in Mississauga, ON, on Jan. 30, 2012.

FLO Components Ltd., an automatic lubrication systems specialist, was asked to host this year’s award announcement, as the company was the 2011 winner for being the top employer in the Central Region (the region contains over 50% of Ontario’s manufacturing, mining and heavy industrial companies plus 100% of its automotive manufacturing plants).

Each year since 2001, the awards have recognized employers that show leadership in training apprentices and promoting careers in the skilled trades in the belief that successful apprenticeship training is a result of high-quality, on-the-job instruction and helps create skilled workers for tomorrow’s jobs.


The selection for the awards is based on the written recommendation from nominators. These outline how the nominated employer has demonstrated excellence based on seven selection criteria. Regional and provincial selection teams select 16 nominees. From these 16, four winners are then picked by a panel of apprenticeship experts from a number of sectors, including labour organizations, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce and Ontario colleges.

Since 2003, more than 80 employers in Ontario have been recognized for their commitment to training apprentices.

“Ontario boasts more than 122,000 apprentices learning a trade today – that’s double the number from 2002-03,” says Murray. “We salute employers that train apprentices, and recognize that continuing to enhance our apprenticeship system will help build the skilled workforce Ontario needs to succeed.”

Ontario has been trying to increase the number of skilled workers with several programs, including Co-op Diploma Apprenticeship (CODA) and Pre-Apprenticeship Training.

For more information on the awards, and how to nominate an employer in your community, visit

Completed nomination forms are due by February 29, 2012, and can be e-mailed to, or mailed to:

2012 Minister’s Awards for Apprenticeship Training

Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities

Service Delivery Branch

33 Bloor St. E., 2nd Floor

Toronto, ON M7A 2S3