Workplace accommodations for persons with disabilities in the skilled trades (2009)

A preliminary investigation

This study was undertaken by the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAF) to find out more about workplace accommodations and to assess the current situation for persons with disabilities in the skilled trades.

The authors sought out the opinions of both employers in the skilled trades and apprentices with disabilities. They based their findings on information from secondary sources produced by the disability and apprenticeship communities; statistical data on education, employment, and workplace accommodations; and focus groups and interviews.

Employers interviewed for the study recommended clarification of the rules and regulations for hiring persons with disabilities; the provision of incentives such as tax credits; and the creation of special programs that would allow apprentices with disabilities to work with journeypersons.

Persons with disabilities who took part in the study suggested developing a mentoring program; creating networking and information-sharing opportunities; and using tutors who have knowledge of the trades, perhaps by recruiting retired journeypersons as tutors.

The Canadian Apprenticeship Forum is a not-for-profit organization working to influence apprenticeship strategies across the country and to promote apprenticeship as an effective model for training and education with the goal of helping to build a skilled, productive, inclusive and mobile labour force.

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2011-04-01
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Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAF). Workplace accommodations for persons with disabilities in the skilled trades 2009. Web. 20 Jan. 2021 <http://en.copian.ca/library/research/caf/workplace_accommodations/workplace_accommodations.pdf>
Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAF) (2009). Workplace accommodations for persons with disabilities in the skilled trades. Retrieved January 20, 2021, from http://en.copian.ca/library/research/caf/workplace_accommodations/workplace_accommodations.pdf
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