CAF-FCA and ACCC Share Findings of Joint Research on Apprentices' Career Paths



    OTTAWA, March 31 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Apprenticeship Forum-Forum
canadien sur l'apprentissage (CAF-FCA) has released reports on two important
studies examining the return on apprenticeship training investment for
apprentices.
    Conducted in collaboration with the Association of Canadian Community
Colleges (ACCC), the two studies compliment the CAF-FCA's groundbreaking 2006
investigation into the return on apprenticeship training investment for
employers.
    Apprentices Enrolled at Publicly Funded Canadian Colleges and Institutes
examines the profile of apprentices enrolled in classroom training at publicly
funded Canadian colleges and institutes.
    Apprentices Enrolled in Classroom Training at Private Training Providers
presents the comparative findings of a parallel study undertaken by CAF-FCA of
apprentices enrolled with private training providers.
    Some key findings of the studies are:

    
    - Earning potential for apprenticeship graduates is highly competitive
      with those of graduates who have pursued other post-secondary options.
      Average direct costs for apprentices - such as tuition, textbooks and
      tools - also compare quite favourably to those of other post-secondary
      options.
    - Among the apprentices studied, the length of time required to find an
      employer-sponsor ranged up to twenty-four months. Because longer search
      times increase costs and create barriers to the development of a
      skilled labour force, further investigation into the reasons for this
      variance is recommended.
    - Aboriginal peoples, women, visible minorities and youth continue to be
      under-represented in apprenticeships, and are an untapped source of
      talent given the impending shortage of skilled labour in Canada.
      According to the demographic profile of those apprentices studied, the
      typical apprentice is a 26- to 28-year-old white male with no
      dependents.
    - Mentorship - including family, friends, other tradespeople, and
      employers - ranked as the most important influence for apprentices.
      Teachers, employment counsellors and support organizations ranked among
      the least important, suggesting a need to get more and better
      information in the hands of those who advise young Canadians on career
      options.
    

    Both studies were funded by Human Resources and Social Development Canada
(HRSDC).

    The CAF-FCA is a not-for-profit, multi-partite organization that brings
together the key constituents within the apprentice community to influence
pan-Canadian apprenticeship strategies through research, discussion and
collaboration.




For further information:

For further information: on the studies, or to obtain copies of the
reports: Debbie Miller, Communications Manager, (613) 235-4004 ext. 207,
debbie_miller@caf-fca.org

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