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Canada to fund Apprenticeship Forum project

London, ON -- The Canadian government will provide almost $3 million in funding for a project by the Canadian Appre...


London, ON — The Canadian government will provide almost $3 million in funding for a project by the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum-Forum canadien sur l’apprentissage (CAF-FCA). The CAF-FCA Infrastructure project is funded by the Sector Council Program.

“I strongly believe that this new funding will help promote apprenticeship as an effective training and educational system,” said Pat O’Brien, Member of Parliament for London-Fanshawe, on behalf of the Honourable Joe Volpe, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

“As a nation, we must strive to build a society where all Canadians’ talents and ability to learn are continually nurtured and developed throughout their lives.”

The project will support CAF-FCA activities during a 48-month period to maintain and expand its administrative and operational capacity to promote apprenticeship and to support Canada’s apprenticeship systems.

“The investment announced today reinforces the importance of skilled trades to Canada’s economy and the value of collaborative efforts of apprenticeship stakeholders from across the country,” said Keith Lancastle, executive director of CAF-FCA. “By supporting a partnership of business, labour, provinces and territories, education, and equity-seeking groups, the Government of Canada is enabling CAF-FCA to promote apprenticeship as an education system that contributes to the nation’s highly skilled work force.”

CAF-FCA is a unique partnership of representatives from labour, business, the Inter-provincial Alliance of Apprenticeship Board Chairs (IPA), educators, persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, Aboriginal persons, women, the Canadian Council of Directors of Apprenticeship (CCDA), and Human Resources and Skills Development Canada.