OTTAWA, June 16, 2011 /CNW/ - The latest issue of the Canadian
Apprenticeship Journal is now online! This issue covers one of the
major challenges in the skilled trades and for all Canadian workplaces
- how to address essential skills deficiencies to, among other things,
increase productivity and improve health and safety.
"Essential" skills are those Canadians need to fully participate in
their workplaces, at home and within their communities. They touch
every aspect of our lives - the ability to communicate effectively,
solve problems, work with numbers and understand documents. Despite
its ranking as one of the best educated countries in the world,
Canada's essential skills levels fall short of workforce needs. In
2006, the workforce had a surplus of 3.5 million Canadians at literacy
level 1. At level 3, the competency required by the majority of
occupations, the workforce showed a deficit of roughly 5 million
"Making the grade in a trade career depends on having certain essential
skills," says Jessi Zielke, Director, Strategic Initiatives of BC's
Industry Training Authority. "In fact, extensive research indicates
that apprentices without these skills are far less likely to
successfully complete their technical training."
Organizations across Canada have created and implemented essential
skills programs and resources for both employees and employers. In the
latest issue of the Canadian Apprenticeship Journal, these
organizations share their best practices and celebrate achievements.
They also assess some of the hurdles that still need to be addressed.
The Canadian Apprenticeship Journal presents high-quality, relevant research and informative feature
articles to encourage sharing and debate in Canada and
internationally. Contributors include researchers, educators, policy
analysts and key decision makers who focus on apprenticeship training
and certification issues. Other important contributions come from
provincial/territorial apprenticeship authorities, employer and labour
associations, as well as international apprenticeship bodies. The
fifth issue is available online at www.caj-jca.ca.
The Canadian Apprenticeship Journal is funded by the Government of Canada's Sector Council Program.
CAF-FCA is an inclusive national body that brings together all of the
stakeholders in Canada's apprenticeship community. Visit www.caf-fca.org for more information.
SOURCE Canadian Apprenticeship Forum
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Marie Bilodeau, Communications Manager
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