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Apprentices and Red Seal certifications see unexplained drop-off

Ottawa - Total registrations in apprenticeship training programs across Canada declined 1.0% from the previous year to 426,283 in 2011, according to a new report from Statistics Canada. This was the first decline since 2008.


Ottawa – Total registrations in apprenticeship training programs across Canada declined 1.0% from the previous year to 426,283 in 2011, according to a new report from Statistics Canada. This was the first decline since 2008.

Training programs received 97,605 new registrations in 2011, up 5.4% from 2010 but down from the 9.1% advance posted a year earlier. (This includes those individuals who were reinstated in 2011 after a year or more of absence.) Although new registrations have been increasing since the last economic downturn, they have not yet returned to the 2008 level.

In 2011, 55,422 certificates were awarded to both apprentices and trade qualifiers/challengers, up 6.9% from 2010 and comparable to the advance posted a year earlier.

Of the total certificates awarded, 41,160 were granted to apprentices who completed their training, up 14.3% from 2010 but down from the 16.6% advance posted a year earlier.

In 2011, 14,262 certificates were awarded to trade qualifiers/challengers, down 10.0% from 2010 and matching the decline from a year earlier.

Just under half (20,220) of the apprentice certificates awarded in 2011 were Red Seal certificates. The number of apprentice certificates with Red Seal endorsement has risen every year since 2008. However, the increase in 2011 was lower than the advance posted a year earlier.

In 2011, 5,511 or about 39% of trade qualifier/challenger certificates awarded were with Red Seal endorsement, down 10.6% from 2010 and over double the rate of decline posted a year earlier.