WINNING CONDITIONS FOR APPRENTICESHIP

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SECTION 3 PROFILING SUCCESS:
FINDING EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES


Finding employment opportunities in the skilled trades requires a proactive approach on the part of both applicant and employer. Data from ApprenticeSearch.com shows that a facilitated process, or one that includes an intermediary agency or individual, is a stronger process for apprentices and employers finding successful matches.

Figure 1: Successful Applicants Referred Out to Employment Agency

Applicants may be referred to an employment agency if further assistance is required to strengthen their qualifications and eligibility, or to apprenticeship education programs to enhance their hard knowledge of a given trades sector. As shown in Figure 1, this ‘referring out’ function is not common among applicants who were successfully matched with apprenticeship opportunities via ApprenticeSearch.com. Instead, it is used to assist candidates who are unsuccessful in their initial attempt to find an apprenticeship and who may later return with additional credentials and find success in their search.

To identify the needs of applicants, ApprenticeSearch.com uses a loosely constructed designation system. By understanding a candidate’s qualifications at the time of their initial application and any gaps that might exist in their application, apprenticeship facilitators can better identify what processes or skill-builders might enhance the likelihood of that candidate finding a successful employer match. Table 1 lists the designation of candidates used by ApprenticeSearch.com as one method of understanding what background, skills, and credentials best qualify a candidate for apprenticeship.

Table 1: Description of Applicant Designations

Applicant Designation

Description

Strong
qualifications

Good Qualifications: well-positioned for apprenticeship success; pre-apprenticeship training and/or trade-related experience

Partially
qualified

Partial Qualifications: some experience and education but non-trades related; may be career-changer or non-regulated trades worker

Lacking
qualifications

Lacking Qualifications: little or no experience; unsure of trade to pursue; low awareness of educational requirements of trades