The Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAF) has developed a way for apprentices and early-career journeypersons to offer their feedback on the process of developing careers in the skilled trades.
It has created a growing series of surveys on the apprenticeship system, and is offering cash and prizes to young workers for voicing their opinions and sharing their experiences.
The new Apprentices in Canada ePanel wants to hear about the challenges and limitations of apprenticeship, as well as things that apprentices like about the system, and things they don’t. The ultimate aim is to make the system better with government policies that are geared to success.
Over the past year, 1,115 panelists have been recruited through social media and direct outreach in collaboration with CAF members and partners. When they join, apprentices complete a screener survey offering insights that CAF shares with its members.
All responses are confidential. And for each 10-minute survey they complete, apprentices earn chances to win cash and prizes.
This year CAF produced reports on Apprentice Attitudes Toward Learning and Examinations and The Costs and Benefits of Block-Release Technical Training. Reports sharing apprentice perspectives about workplace training and technology will be published soon.