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Financial Tools for the Trades

An Online Financial Education Course for Apprentices

Building on the proven curriculum developed by Port Jobs, this online course is designed to help apprentices build a solid financial foundation. It points out questions to think about as they are getting started in their jobs, and in their lives in general, and provides tips that can be uses to prepare for the future.

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Institute for Apprenticeship, Training and Education Programs

January 14 - 16, 2019 - Hyatt Regency Miami, Miami, FL

The skills shortage and need for alternative pathways to sustainable employment is giving rise to apprenticeship programs in North America. The Institute for Apprenticeship, Training and Education Programs provides education on effective trust fund management and best practices in the United States and Canadian apprenticeship programs. This conference covers topics from recruitment and retention to adult learning and fiduciary responsibility. Receive clarity on the complex issues surrounding an effective apprenticeship program.

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International Foundation Blog Post — 5 Takeaways on the Future of Canadian Apprenticeship Training Programs

Apprenticeship training has long been a key strategic initiative at the International Foundation. Over the years, we’ve engaged in a number of partner initiatives with the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAF-FCA), and in mid-June International Foundation staff members, including myself, traveled to Montreal to attend the CAF-FCA National Apprenticeship Conference.

International Foundation Blog Post — Life Skills Training Rounds Off Apprenticeship Education

Have you ever looked back at your high school years and wished that some of your course work had been a bit more practical? Apprenticeship program stakeholders are aware of these issues and have been incorporating life skills into their curricula for years.

​International Foundation Blog Post — Apprenticeship Program Trends — United States and Canada

Registered apprenticeships are structured training programs, combining on-the-job training with extensive technical instruction in a highly skilled occupation. Currently there are more than 505,000 active apprentices in the United States and 450,000 in Canada, and the system plays an essential role in the development of a highly trained workforce.

Top Trends in Apprenticeship Programs — 2018 Survey Results

​This new report provides an up-to-date analysis of U.S and Canadian apprenticeship programs including the challenges faced by programs and apprentices, recruitment and retention initiatives, life skills training opportunities, program communication strategies and more.

Student Outcome Survey Shows Apprenticeship Training in B.C. Pays Off

A survey of over 2,800 former apprenticeship students in British Columbia demonstrates that the completion of trades apprenticeship training overwhelmingly leads students to well-paying jobs. “Completing an apprenticeship is a great investment for students,” said Advanced Education Minister Andrew Wilkinson. “Our government has been targeting investments in new trades-training equipment, facilities and additional in-demand trades seats to ensure that students have the skills they need to become part of the work force that British Columbia will require.”

$85.4 Million for Union-Based Apprenticeship Training

"A skilled, mobile and certified skilled trades workforce is built upon high quality apprenticeship training systems," reads the 2016 budget. "Apprentices work and learn in a variety of settings, including on-the-job, at colleges and polytechnics, and through union-based training centres."

Top Trends in Jointly Managed Apprenticeship Programs: 2016 Survey Results

The new Foundation survey report found apprenticeship programs in the U.S. and Canada are starting to offer more than just extensive skill instruction as part of training. Nearly 60% of apprenticeship programs are looking beyond  the job title of Electrician, Carpenter, Plumber or Construction Craft Laboror, and offering life skills training as part of the apprenticeship curriculum, with an additional 20% considering adding the training.

Innovative Apprenticeships Build and Sustain Careers

Apprenticeships, a proven path to middle- and high-skilled careers, should be built on the skills employers need and use effective mentoring, according to the keynote speaker at the Institute for Apprenticeship, Training and Education Programs, which took place January 18-20, 2016.

International Foundation Blog: Apprenticeship Programs Getting More Attention

As the economy improves, the construction industry and other apprenticeship trades are having difficult time keeping up with the demand for skilled labor. An emphasis on the necessity of college by high school teachers, counselors and parents has created an environment that is less than conducive to a career in the skilled trades. In addition, recruiting women and minorities has also proved difficult for many trades. Could an increased focus on apprenticeships help rebuild the trades?

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51st Annual Canadian Employee Benefits Conference

Sunday, November 18 - Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - The Mirage, Las Vegas, NV

For 51 years, the Annual Canadian Employee Benefits Conference has been the leading source for solid, straightforward pensions and benefits education. As Canada's premier employee benefits conference, the Annual Conference will provide you with the information and solutions needed to make the most informed decisions on behalf of your plan members and their families. Secure insights into updated legislative developments, the latest cost-saving ideas, and creative approaches to new challenges by registering today.​

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