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A snapshot of educational attainment in Canada

According to the 2011 National Household Survey (NHS), Canadian educational attainment continues to increase; a greater proportion is completing high school and going on to complete post-secondary education. The share of Canadians with a college diploma or university degree continues to rise. However, the share with a trades certificate has continued to decline (see chart). There is a great deal of detail on educational attainment in Canada in the NHS, but this observation will focus on some of the trends hidden in the national average, those among particular demographic groups; women, immigrants and Aboriginal peoples.

Aboriginal Participation in Trades and Apprenticeship in B.C. Three-Year Review and Future Direction

The BC Industry Training Authority has released a report on the progress of BC’s efforts to attract Aboriginal people to the trades in the province.  The report observes that over the past 5 years, the number of Aboriginal people participating in trades training at public PSE institutions in BC had doubled to more than 1,200 in each of the past 2 years.

Blog of the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum

The Canadian Apprenticeship Forum – Forum canadien sur l’apprentissage (CAF-FCA) is a non-profit organization that connects Canada’s apprenticeship community. Participants work collaboratively to support vibrant and innovative apprenticeship systems and policies with a view to developing a highly-skilled, inclusive and mobile skilled trades workforce. Employers, unions, equity-seeking groups, educational institutions and the jurisdictions support CAF-FCA operations through membership.

Careers: The Next Generation

This Alberta site partners employers, educators and government to facilitate the creation of coop apprenticeship positions for high school grads.

The Canadian Apprenticeship Forum- Forum canadien sur l’apprentissage (CAF – FCA) has developed as a comprehensive inventory of information on apprenticeship training across Canada. This site will help you discover the facts about a career in the skilled trades and how an apprenticeship can help you earn while you learn.

Discover Skills BC

Discover Skills BC is an initiative funded by the BC Government to help provide easy access for secondary students to the many educational opportunities available to them in trades and technology training. BC offers a wealth of programs and training options to give BC students the skills they need to lead exciting and rewarding careers. Students, parents and educators can discover these opportunities here.

Integrating Essential Skills into Apprenticeship Training Guide

The Canadian Apprenticeship Forum developed this guide to help Aboriginal employment counsellors set-up pre-apprenticeship or apprenticeship training programs for Aboriginal adult learners. The guide contains best practices as provided by ASET (Aboriginal Skills Employment Training) holders. The guide helps Aboriginal communities trying to set up their own programs.

ITA Essential Skills Assessment Tools

Industry Training Authority (ITA) Essential Skills is a website tool that features; Essential Skills profiles for 60 trades-related occupations; built-in ES assessments of reading, document use and numeracy skills; immediately available individualized test results that highlight skills and gaps; individualized learning plans that links to learning resources including an option to access PLATO . The website also includes a “how to video” and user guides for use of the website and how to view and understand assessment results and learning plans. In addition the site provides specific information for Aboriginal People seeking training/ employment in the Trades.

JourneyWomen Ventures

Education and Advocacy Organization with resource materials on GETT Camps – Girls Exploring Trades and Technology, exploratory courses in trades and technolgy for women and integration assistance seminars for a primarily male audience. Includes A/V materials and print resources.

Literacy: Tools and Resources

This page lists a number of tip sheet and online tools and resources regarding literacy, essential skills, trades and apprenticeships.

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