How can you become involved?

As an employer, you will be able to recognize the vital importance of recruiting more youth into the skilled trades. According to Job Futures 2000, by 2007, more than one-third of jobs created in Canada will require a skilled trade designation or college diploma (www.skillswork.com). Skilled tradespeople are the backbone of our economy in Canada.

There is a menu of options open to employers to increase awareness and exploration opportunities for youth in the skilled trades:

• Be part of the Building Futures for Youth Program.  This program matches employers in the construction and road-building industries with youth interested in exploring the trades.  Participants receive workplace safety training, paid summer work placements and many will be eligible to become youth apprentices. To become a participating employer or find out more about the program, contact the HR Development Coordinator at the Construction Association of Nova Scotia (CANS)

• Attend school career/education fairs

• Speak to students about being a skilled tradesperson

• Partner with schools in community-based learning projects

• Host job shadow opportunities, workplace tours and informational interviews for youth and educators

• Supervise cooperative education and community-based learning workplacements

• Hire a youth apprenticeship who has indicated a solid commitment and interest in a designated trade

To learn more about how you can become more involved in supporting youth in the trades, contact the Youth Apprenticeship Coordinator or register with the Invest in Youth database.


Workit: A Guide to Youth Apprenticeship

English (PDF);  French (PDF)

This guide provides information for employers, youth and educators about apprenticeship training and youth apprenticeship.

Federal Government Funding: 

     –  Canada Summer Jobs is an initiative of the Summer Work Experience program. It provides funding for not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers, and small businesses with 50 or fewer employees to create work experiences for students between the ages of 15 and 30.

     –  Skills Link responds to the individual needs of youth facing barriers to employment.  It provides project funding for various activities, including work experiences. 

Apprenticeship Job Creation Tax Credit (AJCTC) - eligible employers can receive a non-refundable tax credit equal to 10% of the eligible salaries and wages payable to eligible apprentices

Employer Tool Kit - provides tips and tools for employers to successfully implement an apprenticeship program.

Workplace Mentoring -  workshops and resources available to help you enhance your workplace training and build for the future

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