CORCAN Apprenticeships

CORCAN provides employment experience to offenders in areas that are in line with apprenticeship trades. In order to increase the benefits of on-the-job training in the institutions, many regions are working with the provincial governing body responsible for apprenticeship training, regulation and certification to have the hours worked by offenders registered towards a trade.

Offenders who have worked with CORCAN have a wealth of skills and knowledge to contribute to your workplace. If you are an employer and are interested in providing offenders with the opportunity to continue earning their apprenticeships, please contact CORCAN's Manager of Employment and Employability for more information. We look forward to working with you.

To date, offenders working in CORCAN shops in British Columbia, Ontario, Saskatchewan, and Alberta are logging apprenticeship hours:

Pacific Region (British Columbia)

The Pacific region has been working with the Industry Training Authority (ITA) in British Columbia for several years, and in 2011/2012, over 70 offenders logged apprenticeship hours related to trades such as Residential Framing Technician, Welder, and Industrial Mechanic (Millwright), among others.

Ontario Region (Ontario)

In the Ontario region, many advances have been made as well. The CORCAN Welding and Fabrication shop at Collins Bay Institution has been a Training Delivery Agent since January 2010, offering Level 1 of the Welding Apprenticeship program to offenders. In 2011, this shop received approval to deliver Level 2 of the Welding Apprenticeship program.

In 2011/2012, approximately 80 offenders earned apprenticeship hours in the following trades: Welding, Automotive Painter, Truck and Coach Technician, and Auto Body Repair.

Prairie Region (Saskatchewan and Alberta)

The Prairie Region has made significant progress as well and provided opportunities for approximately 50 offenders to earn apprenticeship hours in trades such as Welding and Cabinetmaker.

CORCAN continues to work with the proper provincial authorities to enable more offenders to log hours towards an apprenticeship. In the community, offenders must seek out an employer who is willing to sponsor them as an apprentice. CORCAN, through its relationship with the authority governing apprenticeships in some provinces, provides assistance where possible. Offenders also seek assistance from CORCAN instructors, Community Employment Coordinators and other resources through non-profit agencies and employment agencies to find suitable employers to continue their apprenticeship.