Authors: Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAF)
Collection: Learning Materials
In 2010-2011, the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAF) undertook a series of surveys and interviews with both employers and apprentices to better understand recruitment and retention practices in apprenticeship.
Employers identified a number of practices that contribute to the success of an apprenticeship program, including scheduling regular meetings with apprentices; helping the apprentice to see a career path; having an interview and orientation process; offering training for mentors; and providing free tutoring to apprentices.
Apprentices who responded to the survey said that quality training from the journeyperson is a key factor in choosing an employer. A positive work environment is an important factor in retaining apprentices.
The CAF is a not-for-profit organization working with stakeholders across Canada to promote apprenticeship as an effective model for training and education.