Case Study: Steamfitter/Pipefitter Initiative 2010 - Workplace Essential Skills Training (2012)

This document focuses on the case of six pipefitters in Saint John, New Brunswick, who had all repeatedly failed the Red Seal exam, a national certification program that allows qualified tradespeople to practise in any province or territory in Canada. While all of them were highly respected by employers and colleagues, they faced losing their trade certification if they didn’t pass the exam.

In the fall of 2009, they began an intensive Workplace Essential Skills (WES) program, offered through the province’s Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour (PETL). The program included training in numeracy, thinking skills, document use, working with others, and continuous learning.

After completing the program, all six passed the Red Seal exam. Five scored in the 80s, and the sixth received a mark of 94 percent.

Pipefitters work in a variety of industrial settings, where they build, install, and maintain piping systems that carry oil and gas products, water, steam, chemicals, and other fluids.

This document is part of a series of case studies prepared by the Literacy Coalition of New Brunswick.

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2013-05-24
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Literacy Coalition of New Brunswick (LCNB). Case Study: Steamfitter/Pipefitter Initiative 2010 - Workplace Essential Skills Training 2012. Web. 23 Oct. 2020 <http://en.copian.ca/library/learning/lcnb/cs_steamfitter/cs_steamfitter.pdf>
Literacy Coalition of New Brunswick (LCNB) (2012). Case Study: Steamfitter/Pipefitter Initiative 2010 - Workplace Essential Skills Training. Retrieved October 23, 2020, from http://en.copian.ca/library/learning/lcnb/cs_steamfitter/cs_steamfitter.pdf
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