OTTAWA, Jan. 27 /CNW/ - The Canadian Apprenticeship Forum-Forum canadien
sur l'apprentissage (CAF-FCA) sought to identify ways to replicate
success and reduce barriers in connecting diverse workers with
employers in the skilled trades. Based on the eight case studies, the
following promising practices emerged as common elements amongst the
Effective Partnerships with Employers and Industry: In every case, an extensive network of partnerships was required to
sustain the programs and make them successful.
Allow individuals to gain work experience: Job placement was often mentioned as the most important feature of the
Address Personal Barriers: Assisting individuals with family issues, housing, language training and
settlement issues helped individuals remove personal barriers and
enabled them to focus on upgrading their skills and developing their
Offer Individualized Help: Help specific to the person's situation and access to a counsellor were
Offer Services or Incentives to Employers:
Employers noted that access to prepared candidates was an important
advantage in recruiting and contributed to their success in being able
to integrate and retain new workers. Employers appreciated that they
received individuals through these programs who had already been
exposed to career planning, skills upgrading and life skills
management. The individuals generally had a realistic idea of what it
would be like to work in the trade.
Employers liked having someone at the organization they could contact if
they ran into difficulties or needed information.
Providing wage subsidies or promoting existing tax credits further
encouraged employer participation.
Continual promotion and communication to employers about the value of
the programs was also important.
To learn more about the programs and organizations that connect diverse
individuals with employers in the skilled trades, or to see the full
report, visit www.caf-fca.org.
Apprenticeship: It's Worth it! and It Works!
CAF-FCA, is an inclusive national body that brings together all of the
stakeholders in Canada's apprenticeship community. Visit www.caf-fca.org for more information.
CAF-FCA and this project are funded by the Government of Canada's Sector
SOURCE Canadian Apprenticeship Forum
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