Total registrations in apprenticeship training programs across Canada declined 1.0% from the previous year to 426,283 in 2011. This was the first decline since 2008.
Training programs received 97,605 new registrations in 2011, up 5.4% from 2010 but down from the 9.1% advance posted a year earlier. (This includes those individuals who were reinstated in 2011 after a year or more of absence.) Although new registrations have been increasing since the last economic downturn, they have not yet returned to the 2008 level.
In 2011, 55,422 certificates were awarded to both apprentices and trade qualifiers/challengers, up 6.9% from 2010 and comparable to the advance posted a year earlier.
Of the total certificates awarded, 41,160 were granted to apprentices who completed their training, up 14.3% from 2010 but down from the 16.6% advance posted a year earlier.
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