Training & Education
CAF picks NETCO as partner for National Apprenticeship Conference 2016
By Renée Francoeur
October 15, 2015 – The Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAF-FCA) has a “theme partner” for its next national conference, taking place June 5-7, 2016 in Vancouver, B.C. The National Electrical Trade Council (NETCO)—an industry-funded, non-profit organization that says it provides national leadership on workforce development linked to Red Seal electrical trades—will be the lead sponsor at the biennial event, geared to connecting Canada’s apprenticeship stakeholders.
“Given the important role the electrical sector plays in apprenticeship training, and NETCO’s commitment to skills development in that sector, we are thrilled they have agreed to be our theme partner”, said Sarah Watts-Rynard, executive director at CAF-FCA.
“NETCO is pleased to announce that our 2016 board of directors meeting (June 3, 2016) and 2016 Training Conference (June 4, 2016) will be held in conjunction with the CAF-FCA conference,” added Bill Daniels, NETCO president.
“This year, NETCO made significant progress in fast-tracking a Blended Learning Action Plan that leverages leading-edge technology to combine face-to-face and online learning for electrical apprentices, journeypersons and contractors,” said Dave Mason, NETCO treasurer and CECA president. “We are looking forward to sharing best practices with the broader apprenticeship community at the CAF-FCA conference.”
The CAF-FCA conference connects delegates with apprenticeship resources, research and promising practices taking place across Canada and internationally. CAF also noted the event includes “opportunities to address common barriers and challenges through collaboration among employers, labour representatives, educational institutions, the jurisdictional apprenticeship authorities and equity-seeking groups.”
NETCO is jointly sponsored by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), First District, Canada and the Canadian Electrical Contractors Association (CECA) to promote national standards, apprenticeship and journeyperson skills training for the electrical industry in Canada. CAF-FCA is a national organization that conducts apprenticeship research, promotes collaboration among the apprenticeship community and promotes careers in the skilled trades.