Minister's Awards for Apprenticeship Training

Minister's Awards for Apprenticeship Training

The annual Minister's Awards for Apprenticeship Training celebrate employers that show leadership in training apprentices, support the apprenticeship training system, and promote careers in skilled trades.

Employers that train apprentices make an important contribution to their businesses' success, Ontario's economy, and to promoting training and continuous learning.


DEADLINE: extended until August 12, 2013

Every year the province hosts the annual Minister's Awards for Apprenticeship Training to salute the work of employers who train apprentices. 2013 marks the tenth anniversary of these awards.

The event recognizes 16 employers – from the four regions (northern, eastern, western, central) in Ontario – for their excellence in apprenticeship training. From these 16, four regional winners are chosen and honoured at an awards ceremony in the fall.

Completed nomination forms are due by August 12 2013. Nomination forms may be e-mailed to:, or mailed to:

2013 Minister's Awards for Apprenticeship Training
Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities
Service Delivery Branch
33 Bloor Street East, 2nd floor
Toronto, Ontario M7A 2S3

Please click below to obtain a copy of the 2013 Minister's Awards for Apprenticeship Training Instructions and Guidelines as well as the Nomination form.

For additional information, please call 416-326-1600, or 1-800-387-5514 outside 416 and 647 area codes.

Instructions and Guidelines


The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities is committed to recognizing the contribution of employers as partners in training apprentices.

Each year, the minister recognizes 16 employers from across Ontario for excellence in apprenticeship training. Four of these employers are further recognized with a trophy to honour their exceptional contribution to the apprenticeship system.


Who is an eligible employer?
Any employer who currently trains apprentices and who has not received the provincial trophy award within the last five years is eligible for nomination.

Who is eligible to nominate an employer?
Anyone can nominate an employer including staff of the employer, with the exception of Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities employees. A nominator should not nominate more than three employers.

Nomination and Selection

When is the deadline for nominations?
Completed nominations are due by August 12, 2013. Nomination forms may be e-mailed to: or mailed to:
2013 Minister's Awards for Apprenticeship Training
Service Delivery Branch
Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities
33 Bloor Street East, Second Floor
Toronto, ON M7A 2S3.

How are the award recipients selected?
There are two selection panels: four regional teams to select winners from the northern, eastern, central and western regions and a provincial team to select the provincial winners. Selection teams consist of representatives of participants in the training system, including the education sector, training partners, industry and small business.

When are the awards presented?
The awards will be presented in the fall of 2013.

How many award recipients are there and what do they receive?
There are 16 Certificate of Recognition recipients (four from each region). Of these 16, four also receive a Minister's trophy for excellence in apprenticeship training.

Is the Ontario College of Trades involved in these awards?
A member of the Ontario College of Trades serves on the provincial selection committee for these awards.

Who can I contact for more information or assistance?
Call Employment Ontario at 1-800-387-5656 or visit

Nomination and Selection Criteria

Nomination and selection are based on the following seven selection criteria:

  1. Commitment to the apprenticeship system by consistently employing and training apprentices and journeypersons.
  2. A focus on hiring youth, including youth hired through the Apprenticeship Scholarship and Employer Signing Bonus, and people experiencing barriers to entry into apprenticeship.
  3. Use of innovative approaches in support of specific on-the-job apprenticeship training, recruitment and long-term employment.
  4. Involvement in the formation of partnerships with other organizations including but not limited to ministry sponsored programs to expand apprenticeship, such as the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program, Employment Services, the Pre-Apprenticeship Program and the Rapid Re-employment and Training initiatives.
  5. Commitment to prior learning assessment and recognition by acknowledging and giving credit for experience.
  6. Commitment to building capacity in apprenticeship training by actively participating in the promotion and marketing of apprenticeship.
  7. Involvement in or support for community organizations dedicated to training and improving labour market outcomes, such as a provincial advisory committee or local apprenticeship committee, industry committee, local training board, board of trade or commerce, business-education council.