Partnerships: SkillPlan - Enhancing Pre-apprentice and Apprentice Training Tools (EPATT) Project
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 more than 500 employers and numerous private and public technical training institutions. SkillPlan’s team have worked with thousands of apprentices over the years with many of these apprentices being Aboriginal participants.
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.
SkillPlan, in partnership with BC Colleges, the Canadian Building Trades Unions, and the Social Research and Demonstration Corporation, will work to develop and test a more structured Essential Skills approach to training, which includes:
- Providing the right tools, supports, and evaluations to address Essential Skills development with pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programs;
- Responding to the unique learning and Essential Skills needs of non-traditional learners;
- Implementing a more effective training model which will increase the success of learners, and will set the foundation for a more cost-effective and efficient training model for the construction industry, which can thereby be replicated to support other industries, and;
- Testing and measuring the delivery and training results of structured Essential Skills tools and resources integrated in training programs and share these results amongst training partners to inform and contribute to better practices and outcomes on a larger scale.
We are very excited about this new partnership, and the opportunities to work together to create meaningful change, not just here in BC, but across the country.
Future project updates and information will soon be available on SkillPlan’s website. Stay tuned!