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Unlocking Inclusive Pre-Apprenticeship Pathways

The challenge

With skills gaps persisting in trades and the labour market shaken by the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to support Canadians looking to develop their skills. One of the first steps towards a fulfilling career in the trades is a pre-apprenticeship training that helps explore careers and gain work experience. This is especially valuable for under-represented and disadvantaged groups, including women, Indigenous people, newcomers, people with disabilities and youth.

Offered in partnership with the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAF), the Inclusive Pre-Apprenticeship Pathways Program will help Canadians, and particularly those facing barriers to education, access pre-apprenticeship training designed to support their success.

The project

The Inclusive Pre-Apprenticeship Pathways project will:

  • prepare under-represented and disadvantaged groups for careers in the skilled trades;
  • foster collaboration and the creation of shared resources within the college and institute system;
  • increase stakeholder knowledge and engagement thanks to an environmental scan on the pre-apprenticeship landscape in the college system.

The approach

During the project we will:

  • conduct an environmental scan in partnership with the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum to identify and adapt pre-apprenticeship training programs to meet the needs of under-represented and disadvantaged groups;
  • pilot promising pre-apprenticeship training programs for up to 75 participants;
  • engage member colleges and institutes to participate in implementing five pilot programs in five different locations, including two rural and two urban locations and one in partnership with an indigenous community;
  • evaluate the pilot pre-apprenticeship training program using the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum’s Matrix of Success Factors and Results Measurement Framework to assess the short-term outcomes of pre-apprenticeship.

Fast Facts

  • Colleges and institutes offer over 300 pre-apprenticeship programs in over 20 skilled trades
  • Colleges and institutes offer over 80 pre-apprenticeship programs designed for underrepresented and vulnerable groups (Phase I Report Survey Results, 2020)
  • Skilled trade worders are ranked among the top 5 hardest roles to fill in Canada for the past 10 years (ManpowerGroup)

Funded By

Employment and Social Development Canada as part of the Skilled Trades Awareness and Readiness (STAR) Program

Sustainable Development Goals

  • Goal 4: Quality Education
  • Goal 8 Decent Work and Economic Growth
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