Canadian employers recognize competitive advantage of apprenticeship training

    OTTAWA, March 31 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Apprenticeship Forum-Forum
canadien sur l'apprentissage (CAF-FCA) has just completed a pilot series of
Employer Engagement forums. The CAF-FCA partnered with members of the
apprenticeship community across Canada to host events for employers in the
construction, manufacturing, transportation, and service industries. The goal
of the forums was to engage in a constructive dialogue with employers about
the business case for apprenticeship training.
    The forum events provided employers with the opportunity to learn about
the findings of the CAF-FCA's groundbreaking Return on Training Investment
study. The study surveyed 443 employers in 15 different trades across Canada
to gather information on their experiences with respect to the direct costs
and benefits of apprenticeship training. The key finding of this study was
that hiring an apprentice improves the bottom line: for every $1 of direct
costs spent on apprenticeship training, an employer receives, on average, a
benefit of up to $1.38.
    Since December 2007, over 100 employers representing the construction,
manufacturing, transportation and service industries, have participated in
five regional forum events in British Columbia, Ontario, Nova Scotia and
Newfoundland. Some highlights of the events included:

    - Employer generated dialogue with a mix of small, medium and large
      employers from a variety of industries
    - Tips from a chartered accountant on incentives and tax credits
      available to employers who hire apprentices
    - A talk on intergenerational differences and how they impact employers'
      abilities to hire and retain today's youth
    - Catering by first-year apprentices from Akerley Campus at the Nova
      Scotia forum

    Employer champion, Patrick Waunch of Rambow Mechanical, who has been in
the business for over 43 years stated at the British Columbia forum, "By
training my own apprentices, I not only ensure my company has skilled labour,
I also reduce my hiring and recruitment costs; gain journeypersons with
training and experience specific to my needs; and have a lower turnover rate."
    According to Andy Camm, a Sous Chef at the Delta Hotel in Halifax, Nova
Scotia, "The forum was a great networking opportunity to connect with other
employers. Learning about the Return on Training Investment study has inspired
me to continue to promote the apprenticeship training as an investment in the
future of the apprentice and the industry as a whole, with any employers who
are not currently hiring apprentices."

    The CAF-FCA is a not-for-profit, multi-partite organization bringing
together the key constituents within the apprenticeship community through
research, discussion and promotion. A report summarizing the forum findings
will be available in the early fall.

For further information:

For further information: Debbie Miller, Communications Manager, (613)
235-4004 ext. 207,,

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