Welcome to the site; I hope you find it informative. I'll discuss a wide variety of trades-related topics that reflect my own path in the trades, and issues relevant to what is happening with the new "College of Trades" here in the province of Ontario. Be sure to check older posts, and I'd welcome your comments


Sunday, December 6, 2009

Apprenticeship Ratios Update

I've been on a learning curve about these ratios. The link below is to a Connecticut based research article that seems to indicate fair uniformity for electrical, plumbing and HVAC trades. They typically start out 1:1 for a self employed tradesman, 2:2, 3:5 etc. For greater numbers, the ratio becomes 3:1.

End result? Big contractors need to hire more journeymen as they grow. The panic has started recently as journeymen get older. What hasn't happened, is wages increasing very much. 

Friday, December 4, 2009


Here's a site worth checking out; designed for professional electricians, it has job listings and items of interest to tradespeople. Take a look!