Ontario's Secondary School and Apprenticeship Reforms: Enhancing the Public Education System (1998)

The Ontario government is reforming secondary education and apprenticeship programs to help youth make the transition from school to work to adulthood.

Reforms to secondary education include the introduction of a new model of curriculum streaming that gives all students a more rigorous foundation, and allows for specialization in the senior grades. Apprenticeship reform is intended to make youth aware of employment opportunities in the trades, and to expand apprenticeship to new trades and new areas of economic growth.

The government’s initiatives include the establishment of a provincial partnership council, with representatives from government, education, business, and the voluntary sector. Its role is to expand work experience, co-operative education, and school-to-work and youth apprenticeship programs, and to increase private sector involvement in them.

As well, the government has created the position of teacher–advisors to complement the work of guidance counsellors and other teachers.

Under the new Apprenticeship Training Act, the focus is shifting from employment conditions to skills training and certification, and a new emphasis is being placed on training outcomes by making the duration of apprenticeships dependent on industry’s judgment of how long it takes to achieve the standard, instead of insisting on a two-year minimum.

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Kurtis Kitagawa. Ontario's Secondary School and Apprenticeship Reforms: Enhancing the Public Education System 1998. Web. 1 Oct. 2020 <http://en.copian.ca/library/research/cboc/employability_skills/ontarios_secondary_school/ontarios_secondary_school.pdf>
Kurtis Kitagawa (1998). Ontario's Secondary School and Apprenticeship Reforms: Enhancing the Public Education System. Retrieved October 1, 2020, from http://en.copian.ca/library/research/cboc/employability_skills/ontarios_secondary_school/ontarios_secondary_school.pdf
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