Pathways for those who discontinue their apprenticeship program

Release date: September 27, 2022
Infographic: Pathways for those who discontinue their apprenticeship program
Description: Pathways for those who discontinue their apprenticeship program

Of those who started an apprenticeship program between 2008 and 2010, 44% discontinued that program within six years.
Programs women were more likely to discontinue:

  • Carpenters (70.8%)
  • Auto body repairers (66.7%)
  • Ironworkers (63.6%).

Programs men were more likely to discontinue:

  • Educational assistants (54.5%)
  • Early childhood assistants (52.5%)
  • Hairstylists (32.4%).

Men who discontinued an apprenticeship program were more likely than women to register in another trade, while women were more likely to study at a public postsecondary institution.



Table 1
Table summary
This table displays the results of Table 1 Exited the postsecondary education system altogether, Returned to the program, Apprenticed in another trade and Studied in a public postsecondary institution (appearing as column headers).
Exited the postsecondary education system altogether Returned to the program Apprenticed in another trade Studied in a public postsecondary institution
Men 57.7% 4.9% 26.8% 17.4%
Women 62.7% 1.8% 10.0% 29.6%

  • The most common field of study for women who enrolled in a public postsecondary institution after discontinuing their apprenticeship was health professions and related programs.
  • For men, it was liberal arts and sciences, general studies and humanities.

Younger discontinuers from apprenticeship programs were more likely to enrol in a public postsecondary institution



Table 2
Table summary
This table displays the results of Table 2 Status of discontinuers and Median age (appearing as column headers).
Status of discontinuers Median age
Men All discontinuers from apprenticeship programs 25
Women 23
Men Discontinuers from apprenticeship programs who enrolled in a public postsecondary institution 20
Women 20
Men Discontinuers from apprenticeship programs who apprenticed in another trade 23
Women 22

Source: Statistics Canada, Registered Apprenticeship Information System, 2008 to 2020, Postsecondary Student Information System, 2009 to 2019.

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