Promoting Essential Skills and Apprenticeship Training in Aboriginal Communities Across Canada (2011)

A Summary of Discussion Findings

This report summarizes key findings from 29 workshops held in Aboriginal communities across Canada between December 2010 and June 2011 to create awareness about Essential Skills (ES) tools. Workshop participants included employment counsellors who work with Aboriginal clients, as well as economic development officers, apprenticeship counsellors, and trades program coordinators.

Participants described useful ES tools as those that are trade specific, culturally relevant, accessible, easy to use, adaptable, and free. Promising practices identified included ensuring cultural relevance; considering life experiences, and not just work experiences, that enable clients to develop Essential Skills; building on existing skill strengths and tracking work so the client can see improvements; and setting achievable goals within a specific timeframe.

Based on what the workshop participants said, the authors recommend the creation of an information network for employment counsellors and others; the development and distribution of a step-by-step ES intervention guide specifically for an Aboriginal audience; increasing awareness among high school teachers about both Essential Skills and apprenticeship tools; communicating clear information about available financial and training resources; and creating an on-line mentoring network to link Aboriginal youth and apprentices with Aboriginal tradespeople.

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Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAF). Promoting Essential Skills and Apprenticeship Training in Aboriginal Communities Across Canada 2011. Web. 25 Nov. 2020 <http://en.copian.ca/library/research/caf/promoting_es/promoting_es.pdf>
Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAF) (2011). Promoting Essential Skills and Apprenticeship Training in Aboriginal Communities Across Canada. Retrieved November 25, 2020, from http://en.copian.ca/library/research/caf/promoting_es/promoting_es.pdf
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