Federal Government Announces Funding for Apprenticeship Service

Earlier this week, Federal Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, Carla Qualtrough, announced a $247 million investment in employer supports across the country.  The Canada Apprenticeship Forum (CAF-FCA) received $45 million of that funding to administer grants to employers who hire new first-year apprentices in 39 Red Seal trades. The funding will also help first-year apprentices to get the hands-on work experience they need for a career in the skilled trades.

The financial incentives available to small and medium-sized employers are $5,000 per apprentice per year for a max of two Level 1 apprentices per employer; or $10,000 per apprentice per year for a max of two Level 1 apprentices if the apprentice identifies as being from an under-represented group.

CAF-FCA will collaborate with partners at BuildForce Canada, SkillPlan, ApprenticeSearch.com, Aboriginal Apprenticeship Board and the Canadian Construction Association to provide a range of supports, in addition to the grants, to the expert trainers of Canada’s future skilled trades workforce.

For details on how the program works, read more here

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