Collège Boréal offers three new apprenticeship programs in response to labour market trends

Collège Boréal offers three new apprenticeship programs in response to labour market trends

In view of the shortage of skilled workers in Ontario and across Canada, Collège Boréal is offering three new apprenticeship programs. In September 2017, Boréal will offer the Plumbing Technician program in Sudbury as well as the Motive Power Technician – Truck and Coach program in Timmins. In addition, the Integration Support Services Worker program will be offered online in 2018.

An apprenticeship is a work-based training program for people who want to work in a skilled trade or occupation. Due to baby boomer retirements and an aging population, Canada is facing a serious skilled labour shortage.

Plumbers and mechanics are particularly in high demand in Ontario and across Canada. You must complete an apprenticeship to become a licensed plumber and, to work as a truck and coach technician, you have to be certified or registered as an apprentice through the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD).

As part of an apprenticeship, apprentices benefit from practical on-the-job training from an employer (or sponsor) and in-class learning from a recognized training institute, such as Collège Boréal. On average, an apprenticeship can take two to five years to complete.

Collège Boréal offers several apprenticeship programs in a variety of fields, including carpentry, automotive mechanics, and heavy equipment. Today, Colleges Ontario published the 2016-2017 Key Performance Indicators for Apprenticeship Programs. According to the report, 83.5% of Boréal’s apprenticeship students are satisfied or very satisfied with their learning experience. With this result, Boréal ranks 4th out of all 24 Ontario colleges. In addition, 98% of apprentices would recommend Collège Boréal!


“As indicated in our Strategic Plan, Collège Boréal is committed to anticipating labour market trends and offering programs adapted to constantly evolving realities. We work with numerous companies across the province to ensure the delivery of quality programs and, as such, the success of our students.”

Daniel Giroux, President, Collège Boréal

“The apprenticeship program is a win-win formula. The apprentice benefits from a quality education while working a trade and the employer has the opportunity to train an employee and contribute to the education of the province’s future workforce.”

Denis Brouillette, Manager of Apprenticeship Programs, Collège Boréal

Quick Facts

Established in 1995, Collège Boréal is a French language post-secondary training and learning institution dedicated to the development and growth of French communities throughout the province.

Collège Boréal offers a wide variety of programs and services at six campuses and 37 access centres in 25 communities across the province. Since 1995, approximately 120,000 clients across Ontario have benefited from College Boréal’s expertise relating to post-secondary education, training programs, immigration and settlement services, as well as employment services. Furthermore, Collège Boréal has developed and implemented over 70 articulation agreements with other post-secondary institutions.

According to the 2016-2017 Key Performance Indicators for post-secondary and graduate certificate programs recognized by the MAESD, Collège Boréal now holds the top-ranking position in three out of the five areas surveyed! Out of 24 Ontario colleges, Boréal has the highest student satisfaction rate, graduation rate, and graduate satisfaction rate in the province. Moreover, with 96%, Boréal ranks 3rd out of all 24 colleges in employer satisfaction!

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Josée Campeau-Rousselle

Manager of Communications and Media Relations

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