Apprenticeship training is top in trades... and top of mind in Canada!

    VICTORIA, June 8 /CNW Telbec/ - Conference Co-Chairs, Cindy Oliver of the
Federation of Post-Secondary Educators of B.C. and Mary Lawson of the Canadian
Home Builders' Association, are pleased to announce that The Canadian
Apprenticeship Forum's (CAF-FCA) conference is sold out again!
    The conference, which is primarily supported by business and labour, has
over 500 delegates representing the Canadian apprenticeship community
together, networking and learning from each other.
    Recognizing the role that CAF-FCA can play in bringing key stakeholders
together is witnessed by the significant commitments made by industry for this
year's event. The event's theme Apprenticeship, Our Competitive Advantage is
supported by the B.C. Construction Industry Employers, who are among a number
of organizations providing significant financial support to the event.
"Apprenticeship training is a key part of the labour market solution here in
B.C.", says Manley McLachlan of the B.C. Construction Association. "Training
apprentices is an investment we make for the future of our businesses," says
Clyde Scollan of the NCLRA of B.C.
    Building a business case for apprenticeship training is what the CAF-FCA
is all about. "Apprenticeship training provides a return on investment,
increased productivity in the work place, lower recruitment costs, improves
retention and makes good business sense", says Dan Mott, CAF-FCA Chair. A
record number of employers are in attendance which shows how important these
issues are for Canadian companies today.
    The event, which runs for two and a half days, also has a record number
of Canadian and international delegates and a host of presenters including
three winning apprentices, the Canadian Council of Directors of
Apprenticeship, the Honourable Ida Chong, Minister of Community Services and
Minister Responsible for Seniors' and Women's Issues, and the Honourable Monte
Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development Canada.
    The Canadian Operating Engineers Joint Apprenticeship and Training
Council has been a long standing supporter of apprenticeship training and of
the CAF-FCA. When asked about the importance of apprenticeship training in
Canada, Mr. Derm Cain, the Canadian Director says, "Apprenticeship training is
the foundation of building trades in Canada, supporting apprenticeship ensures
we have a skilled workforce for tomorrow and that is just simply the right
thing to do!"

    Apprenticeship, Our Competitive Advantage runs from June 8th to 10th,
2008 at the Victoria Conference Centre, Victoria B.C.
    For information about the event and future podcasts of the event please


    The Canadian Apprenticeship Forum - Forum canadien sur l'apprentissage
(CAF-FCA) is a not-for-profit organization that promotes and supports the
apprenticeship training and education systems in Canada. Funded through the
Federal Government's Sector Council Program with Human Resources and Social
Development, CAF-FCA includes representatives of the following constituent

    - Business
    - Labour
    - Interprovincial Alliance of Apprenticeship Board chairs (IPA)
    - Educators
    - Persons with disabilities
    - Women
    - Visible minorities
    - Aboriginal persons
    - The Canadian Council of Directors of Apprenticeship (CCDA), and
    - Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC).

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