Enhancing Pre-Apprentice and Apprentice Training Tools

Logo - SkillPlanSkillPlan and its partners Canadian Building Trades Union, BC Colleges and the Social Research and Demonstration Corporation, are pleased to announce the Enhancing Pre-apprentice and Apprentice Training Tools Project.

Funded by the Ministry of Employment and Social Development Canada, through the Skilled Trades Awareness and Readiness Program, this exciting project will work to support the 14 Building Trade unions and their affiliated trades school through the development of pre-apprentice and apprentice learning tools and resources.

The aim of the project is to enhance existing pre-apprentice and apprentice programming to better support Red Seal success for all learners.

Trade unions and their training organizations will directly benefit from project outputs including:

  • Customized entrance Essential Skills assessment for each construction trade to identify their potential apprentice’s readiness to enter technical training
  • Accompanying preparation guide aligned to each individual trade designed to support candidate success
  • For each individual trade, customized teaching resources to support struggling apprentices with learning their technical theory
  • Training resources will be available both online and paper-based

Invitation to Participate in the Needs Analysis

The needs assessment is a key foundational component of the Project; it is critical to establish the framework for the creation of pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship Essential Skills tools and resources. The project team will be conducting this needs analysis with participating unionized training providers and their affiliated trades schools, as well as pre-apprenticeship training organizations between September and November 2019. 

We invite you to support the project by giving voice to the development of this framework and the pre-apprentice and apprentice learning tools and resources. The needs analysis will be conducted through face-to-face meetings, teleconference or online surveys. We are looking for active participants, department heads and/or trades instructors, who will engage in the initial input stages, review and provide input on material development, and test the resources and tools in training environments. 

To learn how you can become part of this exciting project, please contact the project team at:

Kyle Downie
CEO, SkillPlan
t: 604-436-1126 Ext. 102

Lovey Sidhu
Director of Workforce Development Initiatives, SkillPlan
t: 604-436-1126 Ext. 104

Colin Ewart
President, BC Colleges
t: 250-595-4866

About the Partners

SkillPlan SkillPlan was formed in 1991 to provide Essential Skills solutions to address learning challenges in the construction industry. SkillPlan serves 14 international building trades with more than 500 employers and numerous private and public technical training institutions. SkillPlan’s team has worked with thousands of apprentices over the years with many of these apprentices being Aboriginal participants.

BC Colleges BC Colleges is an association of British Columbia’s public, post-secondary colleges. The role of the organization is to work closely with businesses, government and key stakeholders regarding partnership, investment and public policy, and to facilitate collaboration between the colleges so they can more effectively produce a well-educated and highly skilled workforce for British Columbia.

Social Research and Demonstration Corporation (SRDC) The Social Research and Demonstration Corporation is a non-profit research organization, created specifically to develop, field test, and rigorously evaluate new programs. SRDC's two-part mission is to help policy-makers and practitioners identify policies and programs that improve the well-being of all Canadians, with a special concern for the effects on the disadvantaged, and to raise the standards of evidence that are used in assessing these policies.

Canadian Building Trades Unions (CBTU) Canada’s Building Trades Unions is the national voice of over half a million Canadian construction workers —members of 14 international unions who work in more than 60 different trades and occupations.

Future project updates and information will soon be available on SkillPlan’s website. Stay tuned!

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