Apprenticeships offer a great way to get the hands-on work experience needed to pursue a career in the skilled trades. Employers play a fundamental role in Canada’s apprenticeship systems; however, many small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) do not always have the resources to offer apprenticeship training opportunities.
Organizations funded under the Apprenticeship Service will distribute financial incentives to SMEs who hire apprentices, and will provide additional supports, such as help navigating the apprenticeship system, onboarding apprentices, and creating welcoming workplaces. SMEs with 499 or fewer paid employees are eligible for the funding.
Under the Apprenticeship Service, SMEs will receive $5,000 for each new, first-year apprentice hired, for a maximum of two eligible apprentices per year, and they can use the incentive to pay for upfront costs such as salaries and training. In addition, to boost diversity in the Red Seal trades, this incentive will be doubled to $10,000 for employers who hire from equity-deserving groups, specifically women, persons with disabilities, Indigenous people, members of the 2SLGBTQI+ communities, newcomers and other racialized communities.
Native Women's Association of Canada (NWAC)
The NWAC is a national Indigenous organization that aims to represent the voices of Indigenous women, girls, and gender-diverse people in Canada. Established in 1974 in an effort to bring together Indigenous women’s groups from across Canada, NWAC now engages in national and international advocacy aimed at legislative and policy reforms to promote equality, while also working to preserve Indigenous culture and advance the wellbeing of all Indigenous women, girls, and gender-diverse people, as well as their families and communities.
NWAC is an aggregate of 11 Provincial/Territorial Member Associations (PTMAs) across Canada, and is governed by a Board of Directors that includes the NWAC President, a representative from each PTMA, four Elders and four youth. The Board of Directors meets regularly to evaluate, review, and provide direction to the President, PTMAs, as well as the National and Satellite Offices. The administrative staff is overseen by the Executive Director who reports to the President and Board of Directors.
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