Apprenticeship Training in Ontario Literature Review and Options for Further Research

Research Summary:

Apprenticeship Training in Ontario: Literature Review and Options for Further Research provides a brief overview of the relevant literature on apprenticeship training in Ontario, Canada, and around the world. It pays particular attention to the challenges facing apprenticeship systems in the 21st century. It is also a starting point for posing a series of research questions aimed at developing a better understanding of how apprenticeship in Ontario may be improved and expanded.

From the existing literature, the report identifies a series of potential challenges facing apprenticeship training in Ontario. These include barriers to pursuing an apprenticeship, deficiencies in system performance, and regulatory and interjurisdictional issues.

The paper also highlights a variety of future research projects designed to assess the performance of the provincial apprenticeship system, determine promising practices for skilled trades training in other jurisdictions, and improving the responsiveness of apprenticeship training to Ontario’s economic needs.


Graeme Stewart is a research analyst with HEQCO. He has previously worked as a policy analyst with the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.​