Creating Diversity and Career Opportunities in the Skilled Trades (2011)

Case Studies of Organizations Assisting Visible Minority/ Racialized Groups Seeking a Career in the Skilled Trades

Produced under the guidance of the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAF), this report focuses on eight programs that connect members of visible minority/racialized groups with employers in the skilled trades. The authors note that “visible minority/racialized” is currently the preferred term and means Chinese, South Asian, Black, Arab/West Asian, Filipino, South East Asian, Latin American, Japanese, and Korean persons, but does not include Aboriginal peoples.

The programs all deal with the skilled trades. Programs that deal with employment in general and did not have at least some trades focus were not included in the study.

The main part of this report describes each of the eight programs in detail, highlighting the areas the interview subjects thought worked well and pointing out areas that needed improvement.

Among the challenges cited were the struggle to find employers for job placements; the need for enhanced communication about apprenticeships; and the sustainability of programs.

The Canadian Apprenticeship Forum is a federally chartered not-for-profit organization working to promote apprenticeship as an effective model for training and education with an overall goal of contributing to the development of a skilled, productive, inclusive and mobile labour force.

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2011-03-25
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Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAF). Creating Diversity and Career Opportunities in the Skilled Trades 2011. Web. 2 Mar. 2021 <http://en.copian.ca/library/research/caf/creating_diversity/creating_diversity.pdf>
Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAF) (2011). Creating Diversity and Career Opportunities in the Skilled Trades. Retrieved March 2, 2021, from http://en.copian.ca/library/research/caf/creating_diversity/creating_diversity.pdf
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