Empowering workforce development through apprenticeship
December 15, 2023
The Canadian Apprenticeship Service (CAS) program serves as a beacon for employers seeking to bolster their workforce in the dynamic landscape of skilled trades. This not-for-profit, federally-funded program aims to provide crucial support to companies by offering non-repayable grants specifically designed to offset expenses associated with hiring new first-year apprentices in 39 Red Seal manufacturing and construction trades.
To qualify for CAS grants, employers must also commit to completing mandatory mentorship training facilitated by SkillPlan Canada. Employers stand to receive $5,000 per apprentice per year for a maximum of two Level 1 apprentices.
If the apprentice identifies with an equity-deserving group, the grant amount doubles to $10,000 per apprentice per year. A comprehensive list of these groups is available for reference—ensuring all eligible individuals have the opportunity to be part of this initiative. To identify candidates from equity-deserving groups, apprenticeship candidates are required to complete a profile on ApprenticeSearch.com. During this process, candidates have the chance to self-disclose their affiliation with recognized equity-deserving groups.
The process for accessing a CAS grant hinges on whether employers already have a candidate in mind or need assistance in finding one. ApprenticeSearch.com serves as the central hub for navigating this process, providing comprehensive support at every step. Employers looking for apprenticeship candidates can post job listings on ApprenticeSearch.com. The platform also allows employers to search for potential candidates and review applications through their accounts.