Apprenticeship: Today's Investment - Tomorrow's Competitive Advantage!

    OTTAWA, May 28 /CNW Telbec/ - The economic recession is top of mind for
Canada' apprenticeship community, as it is for the rest of the country and the
    To hear what companies are doing in the workplace, in order to deal with
this issue, the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum-Forum canadien sur
l'apprentissage (CAF-FCA) held an important and timely event:
    Apprenticeship Workplace Practices in Our Current Economy - a half-day
forum featuring speakers from business, labour and education, and representing
the construction, manufacturing and automotive sectors - took place in Ottawa
on February 25, 2009. Participants shared perspectives and discussed practices
for hiring and retaining apprentices in today's challenging economic climate.
    The general feeling in the room of almost 100 participants was that the
economic situation is temporary. But, it was unanimous that Canada's
demographic situation is and will be continue to be a critical workplace
issue. The skilled trades have the oldest workforce in Canada. Participants
agreed that supporting apprentices through a variety of active measures
including access to additional technical training; improving dialogue with
business, labour and governments; and maintaining open communication among all
players, including apprentices, are all essential strategies at this time.
    "Retaining investment is critical, and collaboration and creativity among
stakeholders is the key to sustaining those investments during this
challenging time" says Allison Rougeau, Executive Director of CAF-FCA.
    Apprenticeship Workplace Practices in Our Current Economy was held to
encourage apprenticeship stakeholders from across Canada to learn about the
variety of practices for retaining apprentices, and to recognize the
importance of maintaining apprenticeship training programs no matter the
economic situation.
    To learn about this discussion and hear what others are doing, go to the
CAF-FCA's website at The five
speakers' presentations can be viewed in order or individually. Viewers can
also read about the broader themes of the discussion, and provide feedback via
a brief online evaluation survey.
    This project was funded by the Government of Canada's Sector Council

    CAF-FCA is the only inclusive national body that brings together all
players in apprenticeship training. CAF-FCA works under the guidance of its
Board of Directors, who represent every aspect of the apprenticeship
community. Our work has brought to light a number of key issues that affect
apprenticeship training - such as perceived barriers to training; the business
case for apprenticeship; and the importance of promoting apprenticeship
training as a valued and respected choice for post-secondary education.

For further information:

For further information: Danielle Matheusik, (613) 235-4004 ext. 203,

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