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The federal government is investing $11 million in the Flexibility and Innovation in Apprenticeship Technical Training pilot project. This pilot project funds third-party organizations to test innovative and flexible approaches to improve access to apprenticeship training and increase completion rates.

The project involves working with organizations to look at different styles of learning and alternative forms of training delivery to help apprentices complete their technical training and obtain a journeyperson certificate of qualification. Examples include simulator training, mobile classrooms, and e-learning modules. A total of 11 projects have been approved for funding.

This is one of a number of apprenticeship initiatives supported by the government. In its 2018 federal budget, the federal government also announced $46 million new initiatives over five years with

  • a pre-apprenticeship program providing $10 million per year ongoing, starting in 2018-19.
  • an apprenticeship incentive grant for women consisting of $19.9 million over 5 years (starting 2018-19) where those in male-dominated Red Seal trades would receive a new grant of $3,000 up to $6,000 once they successfully complete their first or second year or level of an apprenticeship program.
  • a Women in Construction Fund, building on previous models that have attracted women to careers in the trades. Approximately $10 million will also be spent over the next three years