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CCA partners with CAF on new apprenticeship program

CCA partners with CAF on new apprenticeship program

OTTAWA — The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) has announced it is partnering with the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAF) on a federal government initiative that will enable small and medium-sized employers (SMEs) to offer more apprenticeship training opportunities.

Federal Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion Carla Qualtrough announced the $247-million investment for apprenticeship development at the CAF’s National Apprenticeship Conference in Halifax on May 30.

The CAF is the recipient of $45 million of the funding to administer grants to employers across the country who hire new first-year apprentices in 39 Red Seal trades, states a release. The program officially launches in September.

The CCA will be promoting the program to its members and construction employers across Canada.

The financial incentives available to SMEs are $5,000 per apprentice per year for a maximum of two Level 1 apprentices per employer. The amount is doubled if the apprentice identifies as being from an underrepresented group.

The funding applies to new apprentices only for which an employer must complete an application form and is not retroactive to any hired before the September program launch date.  

Other groups collaborating with CCA and CAF on the initiative are the Aboriginal Apprenticeship BoardApprenticeSearch.comBuildForce Canada and SkillPlan.

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