The Canadian Apprenticeship Forum launches a webcast - Apprenticeship 101

    Apprenticeship Works: It's a Matter of Fact. It's a Matter of Money. It's
    a Matter of Choice.

OTTAWA, Sept. 30 /CNW Telbec/ - Apprenticeship training is, and always has been the main route to industry-standard certification in almost 300 trades and occupations.

It's a matter of money ... Employers who hire apprentices report that, on average, their value exceeds their training costs by the end of the second year.

It's a matter of choice ... Apprenticeship trains a new generation of highly-skilled and certified journeypersons who will be crucial to our global competitiveness.

In response to an ongoing concern about the lack of information about how apprenticeship works, the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum-Forum canadien sur l'apprentissage (CAF-FCA) has launched Apprenticeship 101; a webcast featuring presentations on "Apprenticeship Basics", "The Business Case for Apprenticeship" and "An Overview of Canada's Apprenticeship Systems"

Joe Black, Chair of the Canadian Council of Directors of Apprenticeship and a guest speaker at Apprenticeship 101 says "Apprenticeship is all about developing a new generation of workers. When looking at the demographics of people working in trades, it is obvious that there is a major gap. There are "old folks" - many of whom are no longer working in the trade - and there are younger people with a gap in the middle. Employers recognize that."

The webcast is available at and includes videotaped presentations, PowerPoint presentations, FAQs, and a user feedback survey.

This project was funded by the Government of Canada's Sector Council Program.

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: on the webinar or on CAF-FCA's Apprenticeship 101 workshops, please contact Danielle Matheusik at (613) 235-4004 ext. 203 or

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