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Apprenticeship in Canada: An Increasingly Viable Pathway?


  • Morley Gunderson
  • Harry Krashinsky


The authors argue that apprenticeships have proven to be a viable way to improve the skills and wages of workers. But there are also substantial obstacles to an improved system in Canada that can be addressed by appropriate policies. They carefully present both the beneficial and the troubling side of the apprenticeship equation. They are optimistic that the system can be made to work better.

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  • Morley Gunderson & Harry Krashinsky, 2016. "Apprenticeship in Canada: An Increasingly Viable Pathway?," Challenge, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 59(5), pages 405-421, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:mes:challe:v:59:y:2016:i:5:p:405-421
    DOI: 10.1080/05775132.2016.1226095

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    1. Andrew Sharpe & Jean-Fran├žois Arsenault & Simon Lapointe, 2008. "Apprenticeship Issues and Challenges Facing Canadian Manufacturing Industries," CSLS Research Reports 2008-02, Centre for the Study of Living Standards.
    2. Coe, Patrick J., 2011. "Apprenticeship Program Requirements and Apprenticeship Completion Rates in Canada," CLSSRN working papers clsrn_admin-2011-2, Vancouver School of Economics, revised 27 Jan 2011.
    3. Andrew Sharpe & James Gibson, 2005. "The Apprenticeship System in Canada: Trends and Issues," CSLS Research Reports 2005-04, Centre for the Study of Living Standards.
    4. Laporte, Christine & Mueller, Richard, 2010. "The Persistence Behaviour of Registered Apprentices: Who Continues, Quits, or Completes Programs?," CLSSRN working papers clsrn_admin-2010-21, Vancouver School of Economics, revised 27 May 2010.
    5. Andrew Sharpe & Jean-Fran├žois Arsenault, 2010. "Investing in Aboriginal Education in Canada: An Economic Perspective," CSLS Research Reports 2010-03, Centre for the Study of Living Standards.
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