Apprenticeship Training Program for Postal Workers (2011)

Case study

This document outlines an apprenticeship training program undertaken by the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) and Canada Post Corporation (CPC) to help qualified employees upgrade their skills and gain access to opportunities for promotion.

The program has its roots in 1994 contract negotiations, during which CUPW members expressed concern about escalating contracting out of work and the absence of training opportunities. The following year, CUPW and CPC joined forces to establish the apprenticeship training program.

The training program has two streams, one for vehicle mechanics and the other for industrial maintenance technicians. Each stream includes both classroom study, delivered by community colleges across Canada, and mentored on-the-job training in Canada Post facilities. The program credits trainees for prior learning and work experience, and is delivered in French and English.

Those taking vehicle mechanic training are able to work towards the Red Seal designation, a federal program that allows qualified tradespeople to practise their trade anywhere in Canada.

Gender equity was an important objective of the program. While many women work at a variety of jobs at Canada Post, prior to the launch of the program, only two of the corporation’s 900 technical service employees were women. Women’s participation in the program remained minimal until 2007, when half of the apprentice positions were filled by women.

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Centre for Workplace Skills (CWS). Apprenticeship Training Program for Postal Workers 2011. Web. 1 Feb. 2023 <>
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