Ottawa, January 27, 2010 – I really shouldnt give away my best kept secret weapon, says Les LaRoque, President of Botting & Associates. You never want to give out advantages to your competition but it is a plus for any organization to have apprentices within its system. The true message is: get started training apprentices because, if you dont, you are going to be left behind.

Canadian Apprenticeship Forum Forum canadien sur lapprentissage (CAF-FCA) learned from employers that they might be convinced to train apprentices if they hear the reasons employers do from the employers themselves. They were asking for compelling evidence from employers about their own business case for doing so. So CAF-FCA challenged two of Canadas Apprenticeship Champions to face the lights and the questions most raised by their peers. The interview, now on video, is called Busting The Myths: Why Some Employers Dont Participate in Apprenticeship Training.

Don Oborowsky, President & CEO of Waiward Steel Fabricators, jabs his finger in the air, This is what Id like to tell employers who dont train apprentices. If you have enough time to go out and look after fix-ups, because you have individuals who arent properly trained, then youve got enough time to teach them properly. And if you dont have that time, you probably shouldnt be in business.

With tips to taunts, they address the reasons employers give for not training apprentices. And some of their answers may surprise you. Isnt it true that cost is a factor, the use of Journeypersons time, poaching, being too small a business or not enough work to make training worthwhile are all good reasons not to participate? Not so, say these two Apprentice Champions. They share some very convincing benefits and first-hand experience on why NOW is the time to get started.

See and hear for yourself by clicking on http://www.caf-fca.org/en/employers/interview_video.asp

This project was funded by the Government of Canadas Sector Council Program and with the generous support of Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT), Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC) and Government of Alberta.

Funded by the Government of Canadas Sector Council Program, CAF-FCA is the only inclusive national body that brings together all players in apprenticeship training. CAF-FCA works under the guidance of its Board of Directors, who represent every aspect of the apprenticeship community. Our work has brought to light a number of key issues that affect apprenticeship training – such as perceived barriers to training; the business case for apprenticeship; and the importance of promoting apprenticeship training as a valued and respected choice for post-secondary education. For further information: http://www.caf-fca.org

For more information:
Margo Royce
Project Manager
613-235-4004 ext. 207

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