Why Hire Apprentices?
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Why Hire Apprentices?

By hiring new apprentices, you are investing in the future of your organization.

Employers who embrace apprenticeship as a crucial part of their HR strategy experience significant advantages to their workforce development, including enhanced employee loyalty, improved technological capacity, and immediate financial benefits.

By investing in apprenticeship, employers are investing back into their own organizations. Here are the top five benefits to employers who take on new apprentices.

1. Financial Incentive

Right now, Canadian employers can get up to $10,000 for hiring a new first-year apprentice through the CLAC Apprenticeship Support Program (CASP). You do not need to be a CLAC signatory to register for this funding.

$5,000 is available for qualifying employers who hire a new first-year apprentice in one of 39 construction and/or manufacturing Red Seal trades. An additional $5,000 is available if the apprentice self identifies as belonging to an underrepresented group in the skilled trades. Learn more at apprenticesupport.ca.

Funded by the Government of Canada’s Apprenticeship Service.

2. Knowledge Transfer and Employee Loyalty

Employers are already feeling the shortage of skilled workers as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the significant number of experienced journeypersons retiring, and the decline of new apprentices entering the apprenticeship system. By hiring and training new apprentices today, employers can ensure the transfer of knowledge from one generation to the next and help close the labour gap within their workplace.

Apprentices are the core of our future workforce. Once their apprenticeship is complete, a homegrown journeyperson guarantees a highly skilled worker who is trained to your needs and is committed to your company’s success.

3. Increased Productivity

The Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAF-FCA) research shows that “as apprentices progress in their programs, they make increasing contributions to their workplaces, with the benefits outpacing the investment in most trades by the end of their second year. Most employers consider a homegrown journeyperson up to 30 percent more productive than an external hire.”

4. Technological Advancement

With significant advancements being made to trades technology over the past number of years, new apprentices bring a new sense of comfort and familiarity with digital technologies to your workplace. Young apprentices can help your organization keep pace with and adapt to new technologies that emerge in an ever-changing work environment.

5. Employer Financial Benefits

In addition to the financial incentive offered through the CLAC Apprenticeship Support Program (CASP), CAF-FCA research shows that, “for every dollar invested, employers receive an average return of $1.47 within the scope of the apprenticeship.” The net benefit ranges, depending on trade, from $39,524 for cooks to $245,264 for heavy duty mechanics.”


CLAC is committed to the development of our future workforce. We work with industry partners so that we can promote the skilled trades to Canada’s underrepresented groups, develop specialized training programs, provide financial incentives, and connect employers with skilled apprentices who are trained to their unique needs.

Contact the CLAC Apprenticeship Team at casp@clac.ca or visit apprenticesupport.ca to learn how we can support your investment in the future workforce.

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