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Written by Northern Apprenticeship Committee Coordinator   
Thursday, 17 May 2012 16:10


Program Highlights

Join us in Regina, Saskatchewan, from June 3 - 5, for the CAF-FCA Conference. Here's a sneak preview of the panels and discussions you won't want to miss.

Theme Panel: Diversity, Innovation, Engagement
Apprenticeship stakeholders from across the country help define how the principles of diversity, innovation and engagement are applied to achieve apprenticeship success. Hear from the Ontario College of Trades, the BC Institute of Technology and Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies – and add your perspective to this discussion.

The Competition for Talent
Skilled trades employers say they are already facing difficulties when it comes to filling vacancies. Learn about the competitive strategies being employed by mining, construction, energy and shipbuilding businesses to attract and retain skilled trades workers.

Challenges and Accomplishments: My Journey to the Trades
With women still under-represented in non-traditional trades, the importance of role models can't be overlooked. Hear a panel of female apprentices discuss the obstacles and triumphs of their journey to the trades, providing all participants with insights into what it takes to engage and retain women.

And so much more
Speakers from across Canada will share expertise, innovations and ideas. Concurrent sessions, plenary discussions, exhibits and networking opportunities ensure the conference offers something to every apprenticeship stakeholder.

Register now!

CAF-FCA Reception

The Board of Directors invites you to join them at a delegate reception on Monday evening at the historic Hotel Saskatchewan. This 'can't miss' event is a great opportunity to discuss the day's presentations and network with peers. Free for all conference delegates.

Book your Hotel

The Delta Regina, host hotel to his year's Conference, is now full. Delegates still have two remaining options, but book today to ensure you get the hotel you want:

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Government to introduce Federal Skilled Worker Program

Given shortages in a number of skilled trades, Citizenship and Immigration Canada recently announced plans to introduce a program to increase the immigration of skilled trades workers. The program is designed to provide a streamlined system for workers in construction, transportation, manufacturing and service industries.

Read the press release.


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Public Sector Employer Profile
TTC Bus Maintenance Department

The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) is the third largest public transit system in North America, servicing some 4.5 million people in the Greater Toronto Area with a network of subways, streetcars, buses, and a specialized service, Wheel-Trans, for people who require accessible transportation.

At the TTC, Allan Pritchard is the Senior Superintendent of the Duncan Shop overhaul facility, overseeing approximately 300 staff and hourly employees, including 30 apprentices.

"You need to match apprentices to retirement and growth within your department," says Allan. "The average employee stays on with the TTC for 30 years, making it impossible to replace someone with this much experience. Apprenticeship provides us with a great option to transfer knowledge and experience from senior to junior staff and maintain the present skill set to advance the organization."

Read about the TTC's apprenticeship strategy, including its many benefits to the company and journeypersons.