Apprenticeship training programs play a key role in preparing Canadians for a career in trades. There were 417,300 individuals registered to apprenticeship programs in Canada in 2016, down from 455,900 in 2015.
Among the three categories of registration, individuals newly registered to an apprenticeship program category had the biggest drop over the previous two years, falling from 93,400 in 2014 to 72,000 in 2016 (-23%).
Women continued to be underrepresented among apprentices in 2016, accounting for 12% of all registrations. Just over half of female apprentices (52%) were registered in three major trade groups: hairstylist and estheticians (27%), food services (16%) and early childhood educators and assistants (10%).
Workforce Planning Hamilton explores the availability of local skilled trades workers in our recent report, Under Pressure. The report focuses on the Industrial, Construction and Motive Power trades and includes labour market information such as the educational breakdown, gender breakdown, ages, and new hires to near-retirees ratio, and other information.