Human Resources and Social Development Canada

Human Resources and Social Development Canada

June 08, 2008 17:15 ET

The Government of Canada Supports Skilled Trades

VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - June 8, 2008) - The Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, today continued the federal government's investment in skilled workers with the announcement of two new projects that will promote apprenticeship as an effective training model and will contribute to the development of a highly skilled, educated, and mobile Canadian labour force.

Speaking at the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum's (CAF) 2008 Apprenticeship Conference, Minister Solberg announced a total of $1.37 million in funding to the CAF.

"Apprenticeships are crucial to building a highly skilled and mobile work force," said Minister Solberg. "Apprenticeships lead to the kind of successful and rewarding careers that Canadians deserve and expect in today's demanding labour market. We are delivering on our commitment to help individuals build a better and stronger future for themselves and for Canada."

The Government of Canada will provide the CAF with $1,117,367 in funding through its Sector Council Program. This will help increase engagement and awareness of apprenticeship training and programs among employers, as well as provide them with the information and tools they need to attract and retain apprentices.

An additional $262,607 will be provided to the CAF to examine the key barriers to accessing and completing apprenticeship in Canada, and what is being done nationwide to address them. This project will help the apprenticeship community identify best practices, share their successes, and strengthen partnerships between sectors and regions.

"Building a business case for apprenticeship training is what the CAF is all about," said Mr. Dan Mott, CAF Chair. "Apprenticeship training provides a return on investment, increased productivity in the work place, lower recruitment costs and improved retention, and it makes good business sense. Today's announced funding will go a long way in helping the Canadian apprenticeship community."

Sector councils bring together governments, business, labour and educational stakeholders in key sectors to share ideas, concerns and perspectives about work force issues. Canada's sector councils have been successful at meeting emerging skills requirements, addressing skills and labour shortages, and building essential skills in the workplace as a foundation for continuous learning.

Canada's Sector Council Program plays a vital role in helping to meet the objectives set out in Advantage Canada, the Government of Canada's long-term economic plan, which sets a bold, but achievable goal: to have the best-educated, most-skilled, and most flexible work force in the world.

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Contact Information

  • Human Resources and Social Development Canada
    Media Relations Office
    819-994-5559
    or
    Office of Minister Solberg
    Pema Lhalungpa
    Press Secretary
    819-994-2482