Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario releases new research paper on apprenticeship training in Ontario

    TORONTO, Jan. 5 /CNW/ - The Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario
(HEQCO) is pleased to announce the release of a new research paper,
Apprenticeship Training in Ontario: Literature Review and Options for Further
Research. Prepared by HEQCO research analyst Graeme Stewart, the paper
provides a brief overview of the relevant literature on apprenticeship
training in Ontario, Canada, and around the world. It is also identifies a
series of research questions aimed at developing a better understanding of how
apprenticeship in Ontario may be improved and expanded.
    "Apprenticeship training is an important-but often
neglected-postsecondary pathway in Ontario," said Dr. Ken Norrie,
vice-president of research for the Council. "This paper helps HEQCO better
understand the potential challenges facing our province's apprenticeship
    After a brief historical and theoretical discussion of apprenticeship
training, the paper identifies potential challenges facing apprentices and
employers in Ontario, including barriers to pursuing an apprenticeship,
deficiencies in system performance, and regulatory and inter-jurisdictional
issues. The paper also highlights a variety of future research projects
designed to assess the performance of the provincial apprenticeship system,
determine promising practices for skilled trades training in other
jurisdictions, and improve the responsiveness of apprenticeship training to
Ontario's economic needs.
    "HEQCO is committed to conducting research on all major aspects of
postsecondary education, with a view to discovering ways to improve it," said
Dr. James Downey, president and CEO of the Council. "This paper is an
important first step in understanding how Ontario's apprenticeship system
works, and in identifying areas where further research and policy advice are
    In the coming months, HEQCO will initiate a series of projects on
apprenticeship training. These research papers will include an assessment of
how the current apprenticeship system meets Ontario's economic needs, and an
exploration of how the apprenticeship training model can be expanded into new
industries and careers.

    About the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario

    The Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario is an arm's-length agency
of the Government of Ontario dedicated to ensuring the continued improvement
of the postsecondary education system in Ontario. The Council was created
through the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario Act, 2005. It is
mandated to conduct research, evaluate the postsecondary education system, and
provide policy recommendations to the Minister of Training, Colleges and
Universities with a view to enhance the quality, access, and accountability of
Ontario's higher education system.

For further information:

For further information: Ainsley Matthews, Events and Communications
Coordinator, Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario, (416) 212-5248,
amatthews@heqco.ca, www.heqco.ca

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