Skilled Trades and Apprenticeship (Red Seal Program)
Trades people are a key component of the highly skilled workforce that supports Canadian competitiveness. ESDC works with jurisdictions through the Canadian Council of Directors of Apprenticeship (CCDA) to deliver the Red Seal Program. The CCDA is made up of the apprenticeship authorities from each province and territory and representatives from ESDC. The Red Seal Program helps to develop a highly qualified, productive and mobile skilled trades workforce by developing high-quality Red Seal products, including Red Seal occupational standards and interprovincial examinations for Red Seal trades in collaboration with industry. Tradespeople who successfully pass the Red Seal examination receive a Red Seal endorsement on their provincial/territorial trade certificates. The Red Seal, when affixed to a provincial or territorial trade certificate, indicates that a tradesperson has met the Red Seal standard in their trade.
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