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Apprenticeship community comes together to address skills shortages


January 27, 2012
By Anthony Capkun

January 27, 2012 – Shortages in the skilled trades are already having an impact on Canadian employers, says the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAF-FCA), issuing an early warning for the demographic crunch expected in the next decade. Construction, mining, energy, manufacturing and service sectors all report real and anticipated shortages that will pose a pan-Canadian challenge to the country’s economy, continues CAF.

“Addressing the challenge requires both awareness and commitment from stakeholders across Canada, including business, labour, educators and various levels of government,” insists CAF. “Apprenticeship contributes to solving skills shortages and provides opportunities for knowledge transfer from one generation to the next, while also engaging young people at a time when youth unemployment rates remain high.”

In preparation for its June 2012 conference, the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum has released a program focused on Apprenticeship: Strategies for Success. Showcasing the best in apprenticeship training and practices in Canada, the conference is a “breeding ground” for new ideas, solutions and partnerships. The event will serve as a meeting place for apprenticeship stakeholders concerned about labour shortages among the people who keep Canada and its infrastructure working.

The CAF-FCA Conference is a biennial event held in various locations across Canada. This year, the event will be held June 3-5 in Regina, Sask. Presentations will focus on innovation, diversity and engagement.