Flexibility and Innovation in Apprenticeship Technical Training

Budget 2014

Economic Action Plan 2014 proposes to introduce the Flexibility and Innovation in Apprenticeship Technical Training pilot project to expand the use of innovative approaches to apprentice technical training.

The Government recognizes that the skilled trades are critical to Canada’s economic prosperity. It is continuing to work with provinces and territories to harmonize apprenticeship systems and reduce barriers to certification in the skilled trades so that apprentices can more easily work and train where the jobs are.

In order to improve the apprenticeship system, Economic Action Plan 2014 proposes to introduce the Flexibility and Innovation in Apprenticeship Technical Training (FIATT) pilot project to expand innovative approaches to the delivery of apprentice technical training aimed at reducing non-financial barriers to completing training and obtaining certification.

Examples could include using in-class simulators, e-learning modules, remote learning sites and video conferencing in place of, or in addition to, traditional in-class training. The project will test alternatives to the block training approach that exists across most of the country in order to allow apprentices to continue working and earning while fulfilling the technical training requirements of their programs. It is anticipated that the FIATT pilot project could support up to 12 multi-year projects across the country through a reallocation of $13 million over four years starting in 2014–15.

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