The Impact of Technology on Apprenticeship Training in Canada (2013)

This report looks at the degree to which apprenticeship training is being affected by the implementation of new technologies. It is based on 51 interviews with employers, employer associations, college instructors, and trainers, along with a scan of relevant national and international sources on the topic.

The authors found that apprentices in certain trades are facing new skill requirements associated with complex automation systems. More and more, they need to find resources on the web, use applications, and track hours online. These practices all require strong digital skills, and can pose a challenge for apprentices who prefer more tactile learning approaches.

The report also points to challenges that the apprenticeship community may need to address. The expansion of online learning for apprentices may be hampered by the lack of a policy framework, prohibitive costs, and copyright issues. The increasing use of training resources from the United States may pose additional problems, as these trainers may not be familiar with Red Seal standards prevalent in Canada.

There must be broader engagement on the subject of e-learning, possibly leading to the creation of an e-learning strategy, the authors say. Developing appropriate screening mechanisms to assess capacity and preparedness for e-learning among individual apprentices will be important if apprentice learners are to have the support they need.

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2013-12-19
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Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAF). The Impact of Technology on Apprenticeship Training in Canada 2013. Web. 6 Aug. 2020 <http://en.copian.ca/library/research/caf/impact_technology_apprenticeship_training/impact_technology_apprenticeship_training.pdf>
Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAF) (2013). The Impact of Technology on Apprenticeship Training in Canada. Retrieved August 6, 2020, from http://en.copian.ca/library/research/caf/impact_technology_apprenticeship_training/impact_technology_apprenticeship_training.pdf
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