HPAC Magazine

Hiring and retaining Aboriginal apprentices

June 16, 2016   HPAC Magazine

The Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAF-FCA) recently published a resource that offers strategies for hiring and retaining Aboriginal apprentices. Hiring and Retaining Aboriginal Apprentices: An Action Plan for Employers draws ideas from skilled trades employers that value the contribution Aboriginal apprentices make to their workforce. The resource also explores the positive results for both the company and the Aboriginal community.

Sarah Watts-Rynard, CAF-FCA’s executive director, explained that, “Across the country, savvy employers are building strategic partnerships and integrating Aboriginal apprentices into their skilled trades workforces. This guide provides insider experiences, tips and strategies for success.”

The best practices portion of the resource addresses cultural and business realities, and highlights communication, education tips, as well as how to develop a local talent pool.

The action plan was developed, in part, with funding assistance from the Government of Canada’s Workplace Opportunities: Removing Barriers to Equity program.

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