Let's get skilled trades right

In the Daily Commercial News, Laura Dawson responds to comments from Patrick Dillon on Dawson Strategic’s recent report on Ontario’s skilled trades and apprenticeship system.

“In his April 10 critique of my report, “Dawson report on trade apprenticeship has objectionable findings, says Dillon”, Patrick Dillon asserts that our study did not consult workers and employers who rely on compulsory certification and traditional apprenticeship training mechanisms. This is not correct.

We interviewed stakeholders from across the trades. Their main message on certification is that in certain limited circumstances, where high risk factors have been proven by evidence and there is no more effective alternative available, then compulsory certification is warranted…”

Read the full response here.