Chrysler Canada Ltd.'s Windsor Experiment: Benchmarking Against Global Best Practices (1998)

Chrysler Canada is helping to develop the workers of the future by enhancing its employees’ generic employability skills, and by benchmarking the apprenticeship training programs it builds upon these skills against global best practices.

In 1995, Chrysler Canada Ltd. launched a series of benchmarking initiatives called the Windsor Experiment. Its purpose was to identify best practices in apprenticeship training programs, and to explore joint research and development ventures that involve the close collaboration of industry, college and university, and government partners.

Chrysler’s first benchmarking study looked at best practices in French, German, and British technical education that could be used in Canada.

In 1996, Chrysler conducted a second benchmarking study to identify best practices for promoting and managing educational training, as well as apprenticeship models that would fit the Canadian system. The company was particularly interest in the Austrian and German dual system, a two-stream apprenticeship training and liberal arts approach that allows students to move out of the apprenticeship training stream into a liberal arts or professional education stream upon passing an examination. The team was particularly struck by the social status attached to in-plant training and work experience leading to an apprenticeship certificate.

Since the initial benchmarking study, Chrysler has teamed with St. Clair College to open an automotive research and development centre, and a design and production centre, partly equipped by Chrysler. Chrysler and St. Clair created scholarships to encourage youth to pursue technical careers.

In 1998, Chrysler Canada, the Canadian Auto Workers (CAW), and St. Clair College launched an electronics co-op program, providing full-time education and employment over four years for 25 young people.

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Kurtis Kitagawa. Chrysler Canada Ltd.'s Windsor Experiment: Benchmarking Against Global Best Practices 1998. Web. 23 Oct. 2020 <http://en.copian.ca/library/research/cboc/employability_skills/chrysler_canada_ltd/chrysler_canada_ltd.pdf>
Kurtis Kitagawa (1998). Chrysler Canada Ltd.'s Windsor Experiment: Benchmarking Against Global Best Practices. Retrieved October 23, 2020, from http://en.copian.ca/library/research/cboc/employability_skills/chrysler_canada_ltd/chrysler_canada_ltd.pdf
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