CCDA 2014 Annual Review

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Message from the Chair

Chairman Jeff Ritter

On behalf of my colleagues, I am pleased to present the Canadian Council of Directors of Apprenticeship’s (CCDA) 2014 Annual Review. The change in this year’s format from past CCDA Annual Reports is a reflection of the shift in focus at the CCDA table to reflect broader changes and transitions. The old saying that the wheels of change move slowly is no longer valid in the current apprenticeship training and certification context. The 2014 “report by the numbers” is performance focused and based on the core products of the Red Seal Program. For detailed information on the CCDA’s initiatives, you are encouraged to visit the Red Seal Program's website.

To ensure that the Red Seal remains a world class program that meets and exceeds stakeholder expectations, the CCDA has become more nimble while adopting a focus and finish approach to address key priorities. The introduction of the Harmonization Project and the efforts made on strengthening its relationship with the Forum of Labour Market Ministers (FLMM), all while delivering its core mandate related to the Red Seal Program, resulted in a very intense year for the CCDA.

The CCDA has shifted gears to address emerging priorities that are of significant importance to a variety of stakeholders. The direction has turned to more and better engagement with stakeholders requiring an expansion on the CCDA’s communications strategy. Harmonization has emerged as the number one priority for the CCDA with tight deadlines and high expectations, and will remain a high priority in the coming years for both the CCDA and the FLMM.

I trust that the information contained in the 2014 CCDA Annual Review will be of interest to you and your stakeholders. In closing, I wish to recognize the many contributions of industry and government stakeholders, and the ongoing support of the provinces, territories and Employment and Social Development Canada toward the CCDA and the Red Seal Program.

Jeff Ritter

Chair, Canadian Council of Directors of Apprenticeship

Red Seal Statistics

Each year the Red Seal Secretariat collects Red Seal trade statistics from each of the provinces and territories. These statistics focus on the number of Red Seal endorsements issued, Red Seal examinations written, examination pass rates and the top Red Seal trades in the given reporting year. Listed below are the 2014 statistical highlights for the Red Seal Program and Red Seal trades.

Total Number of Red Seal Endorsements Issued by Province/Territory

  Provinces and Territories Since Inception 2014**
Total Apprentice Trade Qualifier
1 Alberta 183,153 7,884 6,237 1,647
2 Ontario 180,918 9,074 6,139 2,935
3 British Columbia 109,704 4,620 3,273 1,347
4 Saskatchewan 33,874 1,742 1,472 270
5 Manitoba 33,065 1,250 1,046 204
6 Nova Scotia 25,825 905 668 237
7 New Brunswick 25,417 850 627 223
8 Newfoundland and Labrador 21,228 744 606 138
9 Prince Edward Island 3,999 138 94 44
10 Quebec 2,267 120 120 0
11 Yukon 1,848 55 40 15
12 Northwest Territories 1,491 53 N/A N/A
13 Nunavut* 62 4 4 0
  622,851 27,439 20,326 7,060

*Nunavut began issuing Red Seal endorsements on its own certificates during the 2001 calendar year.

**Calendar year

NOTE: The first Red Seal endorsements were issued in 1959 to apprentices that successfully completed the interprovincial examination in the trade now known as Automotive Service Technician.

Top 10 Red Seal Trades by Number of Red Seal Endorsements Issued in 2014

1 Construction Electrician 5,160
2 Welder 2,532
3 Plumber 2,156
4 Automotive Service Technician 2,099
5 Carpenter 2,018
6 Truck and Transport Mechanic 1,394
7 Industrial Mechanic (Millwright) 1,303
8 Heavy Duty Equipment Technician 1,238
9 Steamfitter/Pipefitter 1,111
10 Cook 911

Top 10 Red Seal Trades with the Most Red Seal Endorsements Issued (Since Inception)

1 Construction Electrician 108,736
2 Automotive Service Technician 89,089
3 Carpenter 48,949
4 Industrial Mechanic (Millwright) 41,360
5 Welder 38,047
6 Plumber 37,860
7 Heavy Duty Equipment Technician 35,880
8 Cook 27,754
9 Steamfitter/Pipefitter 21,604
10 Truck and Transport Mechanic 18,169

Red Seal Product Development

To ensure Red Seal products remain current and up-to-date, the CCDA works closely with industry to develop and revise National Occupational Analyses, Interprovincial Program Guides and Red Seal examinations for the Red Seal Program. The CCDA strives to be responsive to industry needs and ensure that its standards and examinations reflect today’s workplace requirements. As such, development workshops and industry reviews are held for many of the Red Seal trades every year. National Occupational Analyses, Interprovincial Program Guides and Red Seal examinations that were developed, reviewed and published during 2014 are listed below.

Additionally, in 2014, the CCDA approved the designation of three new Red Seal trades: Heavy Equipment Operator (Dozer), Heavy Equipment Operator (Excavator) and Heavy Equipment Operator (Tractor-Loader-Backhoe). These were designated as Red Seal to reflect ongoing needs of industry. The CCDA is working in collaboration with industry to develop National Occupational Analyses, Interprovincial Program Guides and Red Seal examinations for these new trades.

National Occupational Analyses (NOA)

Five NOA Development Workshops were held:

Six NOA Industry Reviews were initiated:

Ten NOAs were published:

Interprovincial Program Guides (IPG)

Three IPG Development Workshops were held:

One IPG Industry Review was initiated:

Three IPGs were published:

Examination Development

Thirteen Item Bank Development Workshops were held:

Nine Red Seal trades had new examinations released, totalling 27 new examinations:

Statistical Information

2012 Registered Apprenticeship Information System (RAIS) Data Highlights

On June 11, 2014, Statistics Canada released the 2012 RAIS data through a series of Canadian Socio-economic Information Management System (CANSIM) tables. This release was accompanied by an article in The Daily highlighting the main findings of the data.

Statistical Profiles

The Registered Apprenticeship Information System (RAIS) is an annual survey conducted by Statistics Canada since 1974. The purpose of the survey is to gather information from provinces and territories on individuals who receive training or certification within a trade where apprenticeship training is being offered. Results from the 2012 RAIS were released in June 2014.

In 2012, Red Seal trades accounted for 77% of registered apprentices. There were 67,923 new registrations in Red Seal trades, an increase of 6.8% compared to 2011, and 30,588 apprenticeship completions in Red Seal trades, a decline of 2.3% over 2011.

Figure 1—Overview of Registered Apprentices in Red Seal Trades 1992–2012

This chart is an Overview of the Registered Apprentices in the Red Seal Trades from 1992-2012.

Participation of women in Red Seal trades has remained fairly steady with respect to completions and new registrations from 2011, while continuing apprentices increased by 5.2% to 26,385 compared to 2011. Since 1992 the number of females registering in Red Seal trades has almost quadrupled (from 1,887 new registrations in 1992 to 7,320 new registrations in 2012), the number of continuing female apprentices increased five-fold (from 5,181 to 26,385), and the number of female apprenticeship completers almost tripled from 903 to 3,240.

Figure 2—Participation of Women in Red Seal Trades 1992–2012

This chart shows the participation of women in the Red Seal Trades from 1992-2012.

In 2012, the median age of new apprenticeship registrants in Red Seal trades was 24 for males and 23 for females. Males made up 89% (60,606) of all new registrations, while females represented the remaining 11% (7,320). Almost three-quarters (72%) of all new apprenticeship registrants in Red Seal trades were under the age of 30.

Figure 3—Age and Gender of New Apprenticeship Registrants in Red Seal Trades in 2012

Age and Gender

The tables below show the number of new registrations for the top ten Red Seal trades in 2011 and in 2012, in terms of new registrations. New registration in these ten trades accounted for two-thirds (66%) of all new apprenticeship registrations in Red Seal trades in 2012.

Top 10 Red Seal Trade Registrations in 2011 and in 2012

Number of New Registrations for the Top 10 Red Seal Trades in 2011
Trade 2011
Carpenter 9,075
Construction Electrician 8,757
Hairstylist 4,302
Automotive Service Technician 3,612
Welder 3,360
Plumber 3,051
Cook 2,523
Heavy Duty Equipment Technician 2,427
Steamfitter/Pipefitter 2,358
Industrial Mechanic (Millwright) 1,938
Top 10 Red Seal Trades (Total) 41,403
New Registrations in all Red Seal Trades (Total) 63,609
Number of New Registrations for the Top 10 Red Seal Trades in 2012
Trade 2012
Construction Electrician 9,714
Carpenter 7,881
Welder 4,761
Hairstylist 4,071
Automotive Service Technician 3,567
Steamfitter/Pipefitter 3,435
Plumber 3,423
Heavy Duty Equipment Technician 3,039
Cook 2,517
Industrial Mechanic (Millwright) 2,196
Top 10 Red Seal Trades (Total) 44,604
New Registrations in all Red Seal Trades (Total) 67,923

The tables below show the number of apprenticeship completions for the top ten Red Seal trades in 2011 and 2012, in terms of completions. In 2012, 69% of apprenticeship completions in Red Seal trades were in these ten trades.

Top 10 Red Seal Trade Apprenticeship Completions in 2011 and in 2012

Number of Apprenticeship Completions for the Top 10 Red Seal Trades in 2011
Trade 2011
Construction Electrician 5,346
Carpenter 3,999
Hairstylist 2,400
Automotive Service Technician 2,058
Plumber 1,983
Welder 1,692
Industrial Mechanic (Millwright) 1,194
Heavy Duty Equipment Technician 1,155
Steamfitter/Pipefitter 1,068
Truck and Transport Mechanic 858
Top 10 Red Seal Trades (Total) 21,753
Completions in all Red Seal Trades (Total) 31,305
Number of Apprenticeship Completions for the Top 10 Red Seal Trades in 2012
Trade 2012
Construction Electrician 5,367
Carpenter 3,780
Hairstylist 2,367
Automotive Service Technician 2,031
Plumber 1,986
Welder 1,515
Steamfitter/Pipefitter 1,137
Industrial Mechanic (Millwright) 1,119
Heavy Duty Equipment Technician 1,038
Cook 918
Top 10 Red Seal Trades (Total) 21,258
Completions in all Red Seal Trades (Total) 30,588

Number of Registered Apprentices in Red Seal Trades in Canada in 2012

Apprentices

This map chart demonstrates in red the number of newly registered apprentices in the Red Seal Trades in 2012 and in blue the number of active apprentices in the Red Seal Trades in 2012. The information is sourced from the Registered Apprenticeship Information System (RAIS), 2012.

Details for the above chart - Number of Registered Apprentices in the Red Seal Trades in Canada in 2012.

This map chart demonstrates in red the number of newly registered apprentices in the Red Seal Trades in 2012 and in blue the number of active apprentices in the Red Seal Trades in 2012.

  Number of Newly Registered Apprentices in Red Seal Trades in 2012 Number of Active Apprentices in Red Seal Trades in 2012
Newfoundland and Labrador 1,395 5,679
Prince Edward Island 246 888
Nova Scotia 1,485 5,511
New Brunswick 984 4,008
Quebec 11,946 59,136
Ontario 16,821 98,781
Manitoba 2,511 8,964
Saskatchewan 2,568 9,255
Alberta 20,565 58,725
British Columbia 9,135 24,801
Yukon 108 450
Northwest Territories 141 327
Nunavut 21 114
Canada 67,926 276,639

Source: Registered Apprenticeship Information System (RAIS), 2012

Fast Facts: Red Seal Program

Members of the CCDA for 2014

Newfoundland & Labrador

Mr. Cliff Mercer, Director

Apprenticeship and Trades Certification Division
Department of Advanced Education and Skills
Confederation Building, 1st Floor, West Block
100 Prince Philip Drive
St. John's, NL  A1B 3R4

Prince Edward Island

Mr. Grant Sweet, Manager of Apprenticeship

Post-Secondary and Continuing Education
Department of Innovation and Advanced Learning
Atlantic Technology Centre, Suite 212
90 University Avenue, P.O. Box 2000
Charlottetown, PE  C1A 7N8

Nova Scotia

Mr. Richard Sharpe, Director

Apprenticeship Training Division
Department of Labour and Advanced Education
2021 Brunswick Street, P.O. Box 578
Halifax, NS  B3J 2S9

New Brunswick

Mr. Michael Barnett, Director

Apprenticeship and Occupational Certification
Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour
Chestnut Complex, P.O. Box 6000
470 York Street
Fredericton, NB  E3B 5H1

Quebec

Ms. Élise Martel, Director

Direction de la qualification réglementée
Emploi-Québec
800, Tour de la Place Victoria
, 27th Floor
Montreal, QC  H4Z 1B7

Ontario

Mr. Royden Trainor, Director

Policy and Programs
Ontario College of Trades
655 Bay Street, Suite 600
Toronto, ON  M5G 2K4

Manitoba

Ms. Cordella Friesen, Executive Director

Manitoba Jobs and the Economy
111 Lombard Avenue, Suite 100
Winnipeg, MB  R3B 0T4

Saskatchewan (Chair of the CCDA)

Mr. Jeff Ritter, Chief Executive Officer

Saskatchewan Apprenticeship & Trade Certification Commission
2140 Hamilton Street
Regina, SK  S4P 2E3

Alberta (Vice-Chair of the CCDA)

Mr. Mark Douglas, Executive Director

Policy and Standards Apprenticeship and Industry Training
Innovation and Advanced Education
10th Floor, Commerce Place
10155-102 Street NW
Edmonton, AB  T5J 4L5

British Columbia

Mr. Gary Herman, Acting Chief Executive Officer

Industry Training Authority
800 - 8100 Granville Avenue
Richmond, BC  V6Y 3T6

Yukon

Ms. Judy Thrower, Director

Training Programs, Advanced Education Branch
Department of Education
Government of Yukon
P.O. Box 2703
Whitehorse, YT  Y1A 2C6

Northwest Territories

Ms. Angela Littlefair, Manager

Apprenticeship and Occupational Certification
Education, Culture & Employment
P.O. Box 1320
Yellowknife, NT  X1A 2L9

Nunavut

Ms. Diana Martin, Acting Director of Career Development

Department of Family Services
P.O. Box 1000, Stn 980
Iqaluit, NU  X0A 0H0

Employment and Social Development Canada

Ms. Caroline Fradette, Director
Mr. Jean-François Courtois, Acting Manager

Trades and Apprenticeship Division
Employment and Social Development Canada
140 Promenade du Portage, Phase IV; 5th Floor
Gatineau, QC  K1A 0J9

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