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Canadian Apprenticeship Forum establishes national research agenda

Mandate aims to increase participation in country's apprenticeship system

OTTAWA – June 21, 2021: The Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAF-FCA) has launched Canada’s first National Apprenticeship Research Agenda. This national agenda provides a three-year framework for priority areas of research as it relates to the Canadian apprenticeship system. The agenda will shape the organization’s world-class research by identifying and conducting research that supports the organizational goals outlined in CAF-FCA’s 2021-2024 strategic plan. Those goals include:

  • increasing the participation of under-represented people in apprenticeship;
  • increasing the number of youths entering trades careers through apprenticeship;
  • increasing the number of employers who hire and train apprentices; and
  • supporting the completion of apprenticeship programs through the testing of innovative training approaches.

The national research agenda was informed through consultations with industry and provincial/territorial apprenticeship authorities, findings from the Apprentices in Canada ePanel, evaluations of existing programs, career pathway assessments, and feedback from national focus groups and participants at CAF-FCA events. Through a focused approach to its data collection and analysis,

CAF-FCA will ensure its work reflects the interests and priorities of the Canadian apprenticeship community, providing unbiased insights that can be used to inform programs, policies, and practices of skilled trades stakeholders.

CAF-FCA is a non-profit organization that has connected Canada’s apprenticeship community for over 20 years. Its members and stakeholders work collaboratively to support vibrant and innovative apprenticeship systems and policies with a view to developing a highly skilled, inclusive, and mobile skilled trades workforce. CAF-FCA is the only organization that brings together apprenticeship stakeholders from across trades, across sectors, and across Canada to share information and promising practices, identify challenges and propose joint solutions. As the national voice for the apprenticeship community, CAF-FCA influences apprenticeship strategies through research, discussion, and collaboration.