Facilitation of Employer Needs

Like in the case of applicants, research shows that employers benefit from an involved or facilitated process when seeking quality apprentices for their positions. As shown in Figure 3, of the successful apprenticeship matches that were created from 2010 to 2014, the bulk were assisted by staff in some way (88%, for example, have applied to postings on, with another 17 percent resulting directly from more active facilitation (such as a staff member recommending a specific candidate for a position, or creating a short list of an employer to interview). Thus, facilitation services provide a winning condition for both apprentice and employer in the apprenticeship matching process.

Figure 3: Services and Connection Points Provided by

The assistance provided by contributes to a relatively speedy recruitment process. Most employers interviewed for this study spoke of getting quicker results than through other advertising means, and of appreciating the fact that they could scan applicant profiles and contact those whose qualifications looked appropriate. As shown in Figure 4, over a 4-year period from 2010 to 2014, nearly 60 percent of apprenticeships opportunities posted to were filled within 2 months.

Figure 4: Length of Time between Apprenticeship Posting and Successful Match