November 6, 2020
Support the Skills for Change Pre-Apprenticeship Program

Support the Pre-Apprenticeship Program 

Landscape Ontario is looking to support our partner, Skills for Change, who are proposing a Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program, that will enable us to support more small- and medium-sized employers in training more apprentices that will enter the industry and profession across Ontario, so that we can access the skilled labour that we need and meet consumer demand.

Please use the letter template link below to edit, complete, sign and paste into your company letterhead and return to: Christy Sebastian at by the end of day Monday, Dec. 28, 2020

Should you have any questions, please call at: 1-800-265-5656 x2318

Thank you in advance for your continued support of LO's workforce development initiatives.

Please us the e-mail template below:

[company letter head]



Dear Skills for Change,

Recently, our company was informed that the Government of Ontario has committed to fund Pre- Apprenticeship training programs to increase the number of entrants to the apprenticeship program. The Government’s plan will help address skilled trade shortages and provide employers, like us, with the skilled workforce we need.

We are pleased to confirm that [company name] is willing to (continue to) participate as an employer sponsor in the Women Horticulture Technician Pre-Apprenticeship Program. The proposed program will be led by Skills for Change in partnership with Landscape Ontario Horticultural Trades Association Workforce Development team and in-class Level 1 skills training provided by Humber College, pending approval of the proposal.

To ensure that all participants have safe work placement; we understand and confirm that our company complies with the following (please check off each item below):
  • Have up to date WSIB coverage for employees
  • Have up to date general third-party liability insurance coverage
  • Ensure that all relevant labour legislation is adhered to and maintained

Our company acknowledges that Landscape Horticulture profession is facing critical skilled worker shortages and is willing to support this program in the following area(s) (Please check all that apply):
  • Assisting in the selection of participants.
  • Hosting a tour of field trip for the students.
  • Addressing the class as a Guest Speaker.
  • Participating on program committee.
  • Providing a paid 8 week work placement for ______ participants.
  • Consider providing employment beyond the work placement term for ______ graduates
  • Hire apprentices
  • Other contribution(s) (Please specify):

We look forward to working with you on this project to develop our future workforce, in order to support
and service the current and future consumer demand.


[Contact name]
[Company name & Address]

[company letter head]