Apprenticeship training in Canada (2006)

Lessons in Learning – July 25, 2006

In Canada, apprenticeship offers the potential to address both labour shortages in the skilled trades, and youth unemployment. However, there are negative attitudes towards apprenticeship, as well as a lack of information about apprenticeship.

The authors note that overcoming barriers to youth participation in apprenticeships will require changing attitudes among teachers, parents, and young people. As well, establishing clear pathways from pre-apprenticeship training through to employment would make this route more attractive to young people.

They also point out that family, peers, teachers, and counsellors tend to steer women away from the trades, and there is resistance toward accepting female tradespersons in the workplace. Removing those barriers involves changing attitudes and overcoming social expectations.

However, generating interest among potential apprentices is only useful to the extent that employers are willing to hire and sponsor apprentices. Therefore, efforts to encourage apprenticeship candidates must be accompanied by efforts to encourage employers to provide apprenticeship training.

Employers tend to be reluctant to take on apprentices because they perceive the investment in training to be risky and slow to return a benefit. However, a study by the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum indicates that returns to investment in apprenticeship training are realized much more quickly than employers expect.

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