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Apprenticeship 101 for employers

We all know the numbers – Canada is facing a looming labour crisis: 500,000 new workers needed throughout the next decade; 800,000 new jobs to be created in Alberta's oil sands alone by 2030. 45,000 positions expected to go vacant in the electricity and renewables sector over the next five years. Many of these jobs will require skilled tradespeople. But where will they come from? Other parts of Canada? Overseas?

Why not your own backyard? More and more Canadian companies – from small and medium-sized enterprises to large multinationals – are turning to apprentices to help bridge the growing labour gap. Could they be right for you?

Explore the apprenticeship advantage:
Retaining your Best People   |   Recruiting Tomorrow's Workers Today   |   Hiring Top Talent
Building a Better Workforce   |   Meeting Business Needs   |   Earning Return on Training Investment

Canadian Apprenticeship Toolkit for Employers

This important document is the starters' kit for small and medium-sized enterprises considering apprenticeship as part of their employee development strategy. It answers all the basics: What apprenticeship is, what it takes to create an apprenticeship program, and lessons learned from companies just like your own.

Guidebook, PDF Document, 1.0 MB

It Pays to Hire an Apprentice

Apprenticeship pays isn't a slogan – it's a fact. This Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAF) report looks at 16 different trades and calculates the rate of return on training investment. The result? An average ROI of $1.47 for every dollar spent. And here's a surprise: Payment begins before the apprenticeship period is even over!

Report, PDF Document, 1.6 MB

Making it Work: On-the-job Training in Apprenticeship

An information guide prepared for employers, apprentices, and journeypersons involved in the on-the-job portion of apprenticeship. Includes roles and responsibilities, best practices, a sample training plan, and other great resources. This guide was developed after extensive surveys and interviews with employers, journeypersons and apprentices across Canada.

Guidebook, PDF Document, 502 KB

Apprenticeship Job Creation Tax Credit

The AJCTC is a non-refundable tax credit equal to 10 per cent of the eligible salaries and wages payable to eligible apprentices in respect of employment after May 1, 2006. The maximum credit an employer can claim is $2,000 per year for each eligible apprentice. If your business hires an eligible apprentice, you qualify to claim the credit.

Website, Canada Revenue Agency, Government of Canada

Canadian Apprenticeship Grants

Apprentices can receive up to $4,000 in grants to pay for tuition, travel, tools, or other expenses, thanks to two separate programs from the Government of Canada. Whether you are getting started in a Red Seal trade or are on your way to becoming a journeyperson, this is information you can't afford to ignore.

Website, Service Canada, Government of Canada

Hiring Apprentices: The Secret to Success

This PowerPoint presentation provides an overview of apprenticeship from the perspective of Canadian industry and details why it is an important part of Canada's skills development strategy. Includes insight from companies like Canadian Tire, Waiward Steel Fabricators, John Flood & Sons (1961) Ltd., and more.

Slide Deck, PDF Document, 3.2 MB

The Link Between Essential Skills and Success in Apprenticeship Training

While some members of the apprenticeship and skilled trades community readily embrace essential skills as key predictors of success in the trades, others remain unaware of their importance. Authored in 2007, this 110-page report examines selected apprenticeship and essential skills initiatives across Canada.

Report, PDF Document, 2.1 MB

Recruiting and Retaining Apprentices: A Summary of Employers' and Apprentices' Perspectives

Recruiting and retention issues are of vital importance to employers. The failure to approach these issues effectively can be expensive and time consuming. Getting it right, on the other hand, can give employers the edge they need to increase profits and to grow their businesses.

Report, PDF Document, 2.1 MB


For more information on apprenticeship and how to get started, contact the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAF) at (613) 235-4004 or visit their website at www.caf-fca.org.

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