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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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International Foundation Blog Post — Running an Effective Apprenticeship Fund in Canada: 8 Questions for Your Plan

Running an effective apprenticeship fund requires the management of a wide variety of key stakeholders. Navigating this complicated landscape and avoiding potential pitfalls have long been concerns for a wide variety of apprenticeship program stakeholders, including training directors, coordinators and trustees.

Top Trends in Apprenticeship Programs — 2020 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, mental health initiatives and more.

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."

Articles, Papers and Research

Top Trends in Apprenticeship Programs — 2020 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, mental health initiatives and more.

A Behavioural Economics Approach to Recruitment in Skilled Construction Trades

A new report by Job Talks and Q.I. Value Systems Inc. contends that behavioural causes are a major contributor to the gap between the demand for skilled construction labour and its supply of young workers. A behavioural economics (BE) approach can improve the understanding of many of these recruitment issues, and help reinforce opportunities to attract new entrants to skilled construction work.

Retaining Employees in the Skilled Trades

As the demand grows for skilled labour throughout the GTA, this report provides a better understanding of issues facing workers in the residential and infrastructurerelated trades and recommends ways of retaining them. More than 400 construction industry workers across 10 categories participated in the study.

Conversation with Joanna M. Pineda

"Using social media for your apprenticeship program is all about talking to your target audinces - and people who are new to a program are the absolute best people to be talking to," says Joann M. Pineda, chief executive offcier and chief troublemaker for Matrix Group International, Inc., in Arlington, Virginia. 

A Model for Recruiting Apprentices at the High School Level

Changing demographics compounded by evolving codes, standards and legislative requirements in the construction industry heighten the need for a skilled, trained labour force. At a high school in Windsor, Ontario, the Ontario Masonry Contractors’ Association teamed with high school, college and industry players to create an innovative masonry program that could serve as a model for other trades and provinces. By Sandra Skivsky.

Benefit Trends — Apprenticeship Trends

Already struggling to replace retiring tradespeople, apprenticeship programs expect recruiting and retaining apprentices to continue to be a challenge. However, these programs are engaged in a variety of key recruitment and retention initiatives and predict a positive hiring outlook in their industry in the next two years, according to a recent International Foundation survey. By Justin Held, CEBS

Redefining Instruction In Apprenticeship Training

The authors believe a relatively small adjustment in how instructors teach technical skills to apprentices might help apprentices reach proficiency more quickly and efficiently. By Mark L. Johnson, Ed.D., and Jeanea M. Lambeth, Ed.D.

Launching a Mentored Apprenticeship Model: How and Why

Apprenticeships, a proven path to middle- and high-skilled  careers, should be built on the skills employers need and use  effective mentoring, according to Nicholas Wyman

Completion Counts: Raising Apprenticeship Completion Rates in Ontario’s Construction Industry

Apprenticeship completion rates continue to lag behind increases in construction employment and apprenticeship registrations. An Ontario Construction Secretariat study of apprenticeship in Ontario’s construction industry explored the role of joint union-employer partnerships in apprenticeship training and their impact on apprenticeship outcomes.

Case Studies

What’s Working: Training At-Risk Youth

Hammer Heads is a 12-week boot camp-style employment program that targets youth living in priority and underresourced communities in Toronto. Since 2010, 194 Hammer Heads graduates have started registered apprenticeships in the construction industry, and 58 youth have been removed from social assistance for an estimated savings of $904,449 so far.

What's Working - Apprenticeship Financial Education

It's not uncommon for a fifth-year apprentice, now earning close to journeyman wages, to show up for work in a brand-new pickup truck. But apprentices often don't realize they may not be employed for the full year and that making monthly truck payments could become tough. By Chris Vogel, CEBS. 

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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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