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Training in the skilled trades

Monday October 06, 2014 Written by 
There is a business case that supports investment by skilled trades employers in essential skills training, according to a new report. 

The Canadian Apprenticeship Forum – Forum canadien sur l’apprentissage (CAF-FCA) conducted a national survey with skilled trades employers to investigate participation in essential skills training and the corresponding return on investment – the first study of its kind in Canada.

Findings show that 45 per cent of employers provided essential skills training to their tradespeople. The employers surveyed invested a median of $1,125 per learner and realized a total benefit of $4,071, supporting the business case for essential skills training. For every dollar invested, employers observed a return of $3.08.

Respondents represented a variety of regions, business sizes and trades.
“Training associated with adapting to new work processes, problem-solving and digital skills were identified by employers as vital for enhancing productivity in the skilled trades workplace,” said Sarah Watts-Rynard, executive director of the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum. “This study shows a correlation between training and productivity based on the practical measures used by employers.”
Employers spoke to the impact of training on increased bill-out and work rates, customer retention, new process innovation and facilitation of other training.

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