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
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
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
- 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
- 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
Both studies were funded by Human Resources and Social Development Canada
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
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,