CAF-FCA research addresses the needs, interests and priorities of the apprenticeship community, providing insights that inform the programs, policies and practices of Canadian apprenticeship stakeholders.

Our 2021-2024 research agenda, informed by a member research committee, focuses on four main objectives:

  • increased representation of under-represented groups in apprenticeship
  • increased participation of youth in skilled trades careers via apprenticeship pathway
  • increased engagement of employers in hiring and training apprentices
  • test innovative approaches to training delivery

Current Research Projects

Improving Pass Rates and Learning Outcomes for Apprentices with Disabilities


CAF-FCA is partnering with the IUOE and SkillPlan to pilot an interactive online tool with apprentices in the heavy equipment and mobile crane operator trades.

Apprenticeships in Alberta: Facilitating Pathways to Apprenticeship and Careers in the Skilled Trades


CAF-FCA is sharing information about apprenticeship with youth (aged 16 to 24), parents and newcomers.

Workplace Coaching and Learning Strategist Supports for Unifor Apprentices at Irving


CAF-FCA, in partnership with Irving Shipbuilding, Unifor MWF Local 1 and the Virtual Learning Strategy Program (VLS), will provide holistic supports for apprentices in the shipbuilding sector.

Programs and Initiatives

Programs and Initiatives

Supporting Women in Trades (SWIT)

The National Strategy to Support Women in the Trades was developed by tradeswomen, employers, labour representatives, educators and equity representatives from multiple trades and regions to create sustainable and measurable change for women working in the skilled trades. This effort is being led by CAF-FCA complemented by a Supporting Women in Trades Conference which takes place in different regions of Canada biennially.

Programs and Initiatives

Apprentices in Canada ePanel

The Apprentices in Canada ePanel is an online survey panel of apprentices from across the country, in multiple trades and sectors. Apprentices share their experiences, opinions and other feedback on issues of interest to the wider apprenticeship community. Members of CAF-FCA gain insights about apprenticeship training from those inside the system, ensuring supports and resources developed are targeted and appropriate

Reports and Other Resources

RESEARCH REPORTS

Our research addresses the needs, interests and priorities of the apprenticeship community, providing insights that inform the programs, policies and practices of Canadian apprenticeship stakeholders.

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