Online tool helps apprentices on the move
October 27, 2015
On the Move: Resources for Apprentice Relocation was recently introduced to more than 130 apprenticeship stakeholders at an event hosted by the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAD-FCA) in Ottawa in October.
The labour mobility tool is a one-stop reference for apprentices who relocate prior to being certified. It is also for employers who hire apprentices from other parts of the country. It outlines apprenticeship regulations, inter-provincial agreements, and the processes to support recognition of previous on-the-job hours and technical training. Immigrants can also access the information about the trade qualifier process in each province and territory.
In a recent press release, Sarah Watts-Rynard, CAF-FCA’s executive director said “In interviews with apprentices and employers, there was a common misperception that moving between provinces and territories during apprenticeship training would be a step backward in the journey to certification.
“For apprentices committed to completing their training and being certified, moving to another part of Canada was something they avoided because they were worried their past experience wouldn’t count,” added Watts-Rynard.
On the Move requires apprentices and employers to answer four questions about their place of origin, destination and the sector in which they work. The online system then offers information specific to each apprentice’s situation.