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Apprenticeship in Canada - Canadian Apprenticeship Forum

Call for Nominations

In preparation for CAF-FCA’s Annual General Meeting on October 26, 2017 in Ottawa, the Nomination Committee is calling for nominations to fill seats subject to election.

* Education (1 position)
* Employer (1 position)
* Jurisdiction (1 position)
* Labour (1 position)

CAF-FCA’s Board of Directors is comprised of 15 apprenticeship community representatives – Jurisdictions (4 positions), Employers (4), Labour (4), Education (2) and Equity (1). Board appointments last for four years.

The Board translates priorities identified by the membership into organizational goals and objectives. Directors consider a broad range of stakeholder input, establish strategic objectives, approve annual business plans and monitor results. Meetings take place three times a year, with travel costs paid by Directors and/or their organizations.

The Nomination Committee would like to encourage interested members to complete and submit a nomination form. Nominees must have a current and direct relationship to a member organization in good standing at the Champion, Patron or Supporter level. Nominations should be accompanied by the nominee’s written agreement to serve if elected and a brief (up to 1-page) biography. Nominations must be received no later than Monday, September 18, 2017.

For more information or to submit a nomination form please contact Sarah Watts-Rynard at or (613) 235-4004 x202



Work is well underway to organize the 2018 edition of CAF-FCA’s National Apprenticeship Conference. Plan to join us June 10-12, 2018 at the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth in Montréal, QC.

We invite interested speakers to submit a presentation abstract for the conference, which will bring Canada’s apprenticeship community together to highlight promising practices and innovative solutions in apprenticeship training. More than 500 delegates are expected to participate over three days.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, October 20, 2017. To learn more and to download the submission form click here.


Flexibility and Innovation in Apprenticeship Technical Training (FIATT) 

Apprentices report a number of common barriers to block-release training, including financial hardship, inaccessibility in rural and remote locations, inconvenient scheduling and few training opportunities in low-volume trades.  The Government of Canada’s Flexibility and Innovation in Apprenticeship Technical Training program is funding pilot projects designed to overcome these challenges. Technical trainers are experimenting with online learning, upfront training, mobile labs and simulator training.

Ten technical trainers are implementing pilots:  British Columbia Institute of Technology, Collège Boréal, New Brunswick Community College, Nova Scotia Community College, Operating Engineers Training Institute of Ontario, Portage College, Red Deer College, Saskatchewan Polytechnic, Thompson Rivers University School of Trades and Technology and Yukon College/Aurora College.

They are testing new models with automotive service technicians, carpenters, construction and industrial electricians, crane operators, gasfitters, heavy-duty equipment technicians, oil heat system technicians, plumbers, refrigeration and air conditioning technicians, steamfitter/pipefitters, truck and transport mechanics and welders.

CAF-FCA is helping connect the pilots and will track the impact on apprentice learning and employer commitment to apprenticeship training.  Key findings will be shared at events over the next two years.

For more information on each pilot and links to technical trainer websites, click here.

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