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Federal program aims to overcome apprenticeship obstacles


November 4, 2016
By Ground Water Canada

Ottawa – New Brunswick Community College is among schools involved in a federal program that is funding pilot projects designed to overcome common barriers to block-release apprenticeship training.

Technical trainers are experimenting with online learning, upfront training, mobile labs and simulator training, the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum-Forum canadien sur l’apprentissage reports in its newsletter.

Apprentices have reported a number of common barriers to block-release training, including financial hardship, inaccessibility in rural and remote locations, inconvenient scheduling and few training opportunities in low-volume trades. 

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They are testing new models with automotive service technicians, carpenters, construction and industrial electricians, crane operators, gasfitters, heavy-duty equipment technicians, oil heat system technicians, plumbers, refrigeration and air conditioning technicians, steamfitter/pipefitters, truck and transport mechanics and welders.

Ten technical trainers are implementing pilots: British Columbia Institute of Technology, Collège Boréal, New Brunswick Community College, Nova Scotia Community College, Operating Engineers Training Institute of Ontario, Portage College, Red Deer College, Saskatchewan Polytechnic, Thompson Rivers University School of Trades and Technology and Yukon College/Aurora College.

More information is available at the CAF-FCA website.