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CAF-FCA Launches Program Under Canadian Apprenticeship Service

To support apprentice employment, the federal government’s Apprenticeship Service is encouraging small- and medium-sized employers to hire level 1 apprentices by offering $5,000 grants.

September 20, 2022   Logan Caswell

(Photo provided by: the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum)

The Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAF-FCA) and its partners – the Canadian Construction Association, Aboriginal Apprenticeship Board, Apprenticesearch.com, BuildForce Canada and SkillPlan have launched their Canadian Apprenticeship Service program, distributing grants to employers who hire level one apprentices.

To support apprentice employment, the federal government’s Apprenticeship Service is encouraging small- and medium-sized employers to hire level 1 apprentices by offering $5,000 grants. Employers may receive $10,000 if they hire a level 1 apprentice from an equity-deserving group.

CAF-FCA research indicates that over the five-year period from 2022 to 2026, an estimated 122,380 new journeypersons will be required to sustain workforce certification levels across the 50-plus Red Seal trades – the nationally recognized standard for skilled trades in Canada. The recruitment of 256,000 apprentices will be required to keep pace with certification demand.

CAF-FCA and its partners are well-positioned to make this program a success combining employer engagement with high quality training.  Through research and extensive consultations with industry, CAF-FCA and its partners understand training best practices and have created a model shaped to meet employer needs, increasing the chances of successful program implementation.  Employers will be provided an incentive for hiring an apprentice, training related to mentoring, inclusion and essential skills will also be available providing much needed supports to SMEs who do not have HR staff.

For more information, visit www.caf-fca.org.

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