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Content in this category pertains to material dedicated to workers who learn a skilled trade on the job, under the direction of more experienced workers.

A Skills Beyond School Commentary on Canada

This commentary is one of a series of country reports on postsecondary vocational education and training (VET) in OECD countries, prepared as part of an OECD study. The series includes reviews, involving an in-depth analysis of a country system leading to a set of policy recommendations backed by analysis.

Aboriginal Participation in Trades and Apprenticeship in B.C. Three-Year Review and Future Direction

The BC Industry Training Authority has released a report on the progress of BC’s efforts to attract Aboriginal people to the trades in the province.  The report observes that over the past 5 years, the number of Aboriginal people participating in trades training at public PSE institutions in BC had doubled to more than 1,200 in each of the past 2 years.

Access Denied: The Effect of Apprenticeship Restrictions in Skilled Trades

Outdated provincial regulations are needlessly limiting the number of apprenticeship opportunities available to trades workers, according to a report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In “Access Denied: The Effect of Apprenticeship Restrictions in Skilled Trades,” authors Robbie Brydon and Benjamin Dachis say that reforming those tight regulations is crucial to meeting demand for skilled workers.

Apprenticeship in International Perspective: Points of Contrast with Ontario

The Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO) has released a new report offering an international perspective on apprenticeships. Researchers examined apprenticeship systems in 7 countries, finding that in most cases, federal governments are more involved than they are in Ontario. The report notes that while in Canada apprenticeships are usually confined to the trades, other countries offer a much broader range of options with apprenticeships in areas such as information technology, finance, digital media, and business administration.

Apprenticeship in Ontario: An Exploratory Analysis

A new report published by the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO) says that while the province’s apprenticeship registration rates have grown nearly every year since 2000, completion rates have not kept up. In Apprenticeship in Ontario: An Exploratory Analysis, HEQCO estimates that fewer than half of Ontario’s registered apprentices complete their requirements within 2 years of their expected completion date. However, the report does note that Ontario had a completion rate of 46.8% in 2012, possibly the sign of an upward trend. Previously, the completion rate had fluctuated between 30% and 39%.

Apprenticeship programme requirements and apprenticeship completion rates in Canada

The demand for skilled trade persons in Canada is very strong and new apprenticeship registrations increased by threefold between 1991 and 2007. The number of apprenticeship completions however, did not increase and as a result average completion rates have dropped over the same period.  This paper  examines the relationship between apprenticeship completion rates, and the characteristics of apprenticeship programmes, measures of the average age and sex of apprentices, as well as unemployment rates across trades, provinces, and time.  The study finds that length of apprenticeship programs, and amount of technical training required are not necessarily linked to program completion rates. View.

Apprenticeship Student Outcomes Survey

A survey of over 2,800 former apprenticeship students in BC has found that the completion of trades apprenticeship training leads to well-paying jobs. The survey found that 97% of these students were in the labour force compared to 82% of the BC population, and that 91% were employed. Employed students also were highly likely to be working full-time (98%), and respondents overwhelmingly stated that their employment was very or somewhat related to their in-school training (92%).

Co-op participation of college and bachelor’s graduates, 1986 to 2010

From 1986 to 2010, the proportion of graduates from postsecondary institutions who participated in a co-op program rose from 7% to 22% among college graduates, and from 5% to 12% among bachelor’s graduates.

Employee Outlook: Focus on apprenticeships

This report explores parents’ views of apprenticeships and highlights the importance of parents’ understanding to the value and potential for apprenticeships to be regarded as an alternative to university.

Harmonization and Responsiveness: Lessons from German Apprenticeship Reforms

This briefing examines reforms to Germany’s respected apprenticeship system and offers three lessons that Canada can use to reform its own apprenticeship system.

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