Certification, Completion, and the Wages of Canadian Registered Apprentices

About the study

This study analyzed hourly wages of apprentices based on program completion and certification. Using Statistics Canada’s National Apprenticeship Survey (2007), the study compared hourly wage differences of individuals who completed their programs and those who did not. Further comparison was made between those with certification and those without.

 

What can be learned from this study?

• Apprentices who did not complete their apprenticeship programs were more likely to be be self-employed and working part-time than those who completed their programs.

• While individuals who completed their programs and obtained certification earned an average hourly wages of $28.07, those who discontinued their programs and did not obtain certification earned $23.92.

• The hourly wages were nearly 21 percent higher for apprentices who successfully completed their programs than those who did not complete their programs.

• In comparison to apprentices who completed their programs but did not obtain certifications, hourly wages were 12 percent higher for those who completed their programs and obtained certification. The difference was greater at 25 percent when compared to hourly wages of individuals who did not complete the program nor obtained certification.

 

What method(s) did the study use?

Descriptive and regression analyses of Statistics Canada’s National Apprenticeship Survey (2007)