Analyzing the Language Demands of Electricians (2011)

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A growing number of internationally trained electricians whose first language is not English are working in Alberta. This document describes a project undertaken in 2010 to establish a clear description of the language demands of the occupation as a basis for improved communication and integration of all members of the workforce.

Specifically, the goals of the project were to analyze the language demands of the trade and relate those demands to the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB); recommend the English language proficiency, expressed as a CLB level or a range, required to meet these language demands; develop an inventory of common speaking, listening, reading, and writing tasks as a basis for training and resource development; and identify contextual factors that influence the language demands and suggest workplace supports to facilitate integration of internationally trained electricians.

The consultants interviewed both locally and internationally trained workers to identify key responsibilities and communication tasks of the job. Based on their findings, they recommended seeking ways to evaluate the “fit” between apprenticeship systems in Canada and those of other countries; developing a trade-specific course for internationally trained electricians; developing online resources that focus on the tools of the trade; and training in how to write for an intercultural workforce.

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