Apprenticeship is a human resources strategy that many skilled trades employers consider a “no brainer” when it comes to their business requirements.
Canadian Apprenticeship Forum research indicates that apprentices give employers real advantages in today’s labour market. For the past twenty years, CAF-FCA has surveyed thousands of Canadian employers and learned the top advantages of investing in apprenticeship.
In CAF-FCA’s 2017 landmark study, It Pays to Hire an Apprentice, small, medium and large businesses in every region of the country reported an average return of $1.47 for every dollar they spend on apprenticeship training, including wages, journeyperson time, materials and administration. Even better, they report better health and safety records, an easier time recruiting and better retention of their tradespeople. Journeypersons acting as workplace mentors say teaching an apprentice the skills of their trade is a career highlight.
If you are considering a career in the skilled trades, apprenticeship is the most common way of developing the skills you need to be certified. Here are some basic steps to keep in mind if apprenticeship is your post-secondary pathway of choice.