HRAI and ORAC renew discussions on gas technician apprenticeship program

Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI) and Ontario Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Contractors Association (ORAC) representatives met with policy advisors to Ontario Minister of Government and Consumer Services Lisa Thompson to discuss options for the introduction of a gas technician apprenticeship program. Contractor members in Ontario have been asking for an apprenticeship program that would aid in the development of competent gas technicians, relying on the “earn as you learn” model of training that works so well for other trades.

With the recent legislation that transfers responsibility for trade licensing and apprenticeship back to the Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities (MTCU), HRAI re-opened discussions with Minister Lisa Thompson’s office, and reports that the discussion was very encouraging.

For more information, contact Martin Luymes at [email protected].