National Apprenticeship Survey (NAS)

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The National Apprenticeship Survey (NAS) collects information from selected people who have completed or discontinued an apprenticeship in 2011, 2012 or 2013.

By conducting this survey, we want to understand:

  • reasons for and pathways to apprenticeship
  • the factors that influence whether people complete or discontinue their apprenticeship
  • the challenges of obtaining certification
  • the effectiveness of financial support programs, such as Employment Insurance, grants and tax credits

Participation is important

There is currently a critical need for highly skilled tradespeople in Canada. Obtaining this information from all the people selected is essential to ensure that educational establishments, Employment and Social Development Canada, and other stakeholders provide services tailored to the reality of apprentices. Having a clearer picture of the current situation will help to find solutions to better support apprentices. This will help to ensure that we have enough skilled tradespeople to meet the future needs of our economy. The information may also be used by Statistics Canada for other statistical and research purposes.

Survey details and methodology: survey number 3160