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CAF: Funding announced to study mobility issues in the trades

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Minister of Employment and Social Development Jason Kenney has announced that the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAF) will receive $453,000 to study labour mobility challenges and issues facing both domestic and foreign-trained apprentices.

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Minister of Employment and Social Development Jason Kenney has announced that the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAF) will receive $453,000 to study labour mobility challenges and issues facing both domestic and foreign-trained apprentices.

The project will examine the differences among provincial regulations and training requirements, as well as the obstacles faced by apprentice newcomers with limited experience in the trades.

“The expected results of this project is better integration of foreign trained apprentices into their respective trades in Canada by developing streamlined approaches,” he said while speaking at CAF’s Skilled Trades Summit in Ottawa.

During his speech Kenney also highlighted the paradox between too many Canadians without jobs and too many jobs without skilled workers.

“There are so many good paying jobs coming on stream and available that require different kinds of education and vocational training…there has been a growing disconnect between educational system and labour market,” he said.

Follow @DCNKelly on Twitter and use #skilledtradessummit for updates from the conference.

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