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Stay connected to the latest news in the apprenticeship community and find out when CAF-FCA is holding an event in your area.

CAF-FCA publishes two electronic newsletters per month. Apprenticeship Intelligence, a member-only publication, keeps our members informed about CAF-FCA’s projects, research and activities. Apprenticeship News is available to the apprenticeship community at large — reaching more 6,000 stakeholders with updates from across Canada and around the world.

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Apprentices in Canada ePanel

As an apprentice, you work in a rapidly changing, technology-intensive environment. You face the competing pressures of employment and technical training, and the need to excel in both to complete your apprenticeship. You might not realize there’s a community of stakeholders behind you. Made up of employers, unions, educators, regulators and many others, the apprenticeship… Read more »

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Alberta’s Ageing Workforce

Thousands of baby boomers will retire from the Canadian workforce this decade and Alberta’s oil and gas industry will be impacted greatly. Skilled tradespeople will be in high demand as industry grapples with how to fill the gap.

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New Trades Facility in Campbell River

North Island College is building a $17 million facility to house its Heavy Duty Mechanical Foundation and Apprenticeship programs.

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Women Gaining Ground in Automotive Trades

Efforts to increase female participation in the skilled trades are yielding results for the Automotive Refinishing Technician program at Vancouver Community College.

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CAF-FCA hosts in-person and virtual events designed to give the apprenticeship community opportunities to share best practices and collaborate to address common challenges. Regional roundtables occur across the country, bringing local stakeholders together to discuss various topics, learn from apprenticeship research and discover new resources. Interactive online events provide one-hour sessions to showcase promising initiatives and programs from every corner of Canada. Every two years, CAF-FCA organizes a national conference, bringing together more than 500 apprenticeship stakeholders to share ideas and discuss ways to enhance Canada’s apprenticeship systems.


Webinar – Apprentice Perspectives: Workplace Training in the Skilled Trades

May 16, 2018   •  1:00pm EDTONLINE

Apprentices spend 80-90% of their time at the workplace learning their trade from a journeyperson mentor. CAF-FCA surveyed apprentices to gather their perspectives on workplace training. Join this live webinar to hear their perspectives on workplace orientation, supports, mentoring and communication, and learn what factors help support apprentice retention and completion.

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Webinar – Supporting Women in Trades

June 5, 2018   •  1:00pm EDTONLINE

At this webinar CAF-FCA will share data and insights about the current state of affairs among women in traditionally male-dominated trades. Learn how trades workplaces are faring when it comes to female inclusion and what resources can support efforts to engage women in skilled trades careers.

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2018 National Apprenticeship Conference

June 10, 2018
June 12, 2018Montréal, QC

This popular biennial event attracts more than 500 apprenticeship stakeholders to sessions that highlight promising practices and innovative solutions related to apprenticeship training. Delegates attend to: • Gather insights into innovative projects, initiatives and partnerships that stand to increase participation in apprenticeship training, particularly among under-represented groups • Engage in collaborative solutions to address common… Read more »

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Supporting Women in Trades Conference

November 6, 2018
November 7, 2018Halifax, NS

Over the next few weeks, we will be developing an agenda for the inaugural Supporting Women in Trades Conference, focusing on promising practices and great initiatives underway across Canada.  We want to identify the major challenges facing female tradespeople and the organizations serving them.

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