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Apprenticeship training on the rise in Canada

Ottawa, ON -- In 2010, according to a new report from Statistics Canada, total registrations in apprenticeship training programs across Canada reached their highest level, at 430,452, up 5.2% from 2009. This followed a 4.7% increase the...


Ottawa, ON — In 2010, according to a new report from Statistics Canada, total registrations in apprenticeship training programs across Canada reached their highest level, at 430,452, up 5.2% from 2009. This followed a 4.7% increase the previous year.

Training programs received 92,568 new registrations in 2010, up 9.1% from 2009. This followed a 13.9% decline from 2008 to 2009, during the recent economic downturn.

In 2010, 51,864 certificates were granted to both apprentices and trade qualifiers/challengers, up 6.9% from 2009. This followed a 1.6% increase the previous year.

Of these 51,864 certificates, 36,018 were granted to apprentices who completed their training, a 16.6% increase from 2009. This was almost three times the rate of growth of 6.1% during the previous year.

Just over 18,800 apprentices, or 52% of the total, obtained a Red Seal certificate, compared with 54% in 2009.

The overall number of certificates granted to trade qualifiers/challengers declined 10.0% in 2010 to 15,846. This followed a 5.5% decline the previous year.

About 39% of certificates granted to trade qualifiers/challengers were Red Seal certificates in 2010, while 61% were non-Red Seal certificates.

Note to readers

A Certificate of Qualification in a trade can be obtained by registered apprentices who have completed their training and have passed their examination. A Certificate of Qualification can also be obtained by individuals known as ‘trade qualifiers/challengers.’ These are individuals who, having extensive experience and knowledge in a trade but who have not completed a formal apprenticeship training program, can write (‘challenge’) the examination and, if successful, receive their Certificate of Qualification.

The certificates granted each year are awarded in either Interprovincial Standard Red Seal-endorsed trades or in non-Red Seal-endorsed trades. The Red Seal-endorsed trades were established to provide mobility for anyone who has obtained the Red Seal endorsement on their certificate, allowing them to work in any province or territory that recognizes the Red Seal endorsement, without that individual having to re-write their examination.