Gail Smyth – Bring skilled trades and technologies to education discussion

Guest blogger: Gail SmythVoices from HEQCO’s November 2014 conference Hands On: Exploring Apprenticeship and the Skilled TradesToday’s graduates are facing challenging times; they have been in school for most of their lives, have little to no work experience in their field of expertise and a large number of graduates may be facing years of financial responsibility before their student loans have been cleared.At the same […]

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Stewart Kallio – Canadian apprenticeship completions lag far behind registrations

Guest blogger: Stewart Kallio Voices from HEQCO’s November 2014 conference Hands On: Exploring Apprenticeship and the Skilled Trades Work in the trades provides good, well-paying jobs, yet young Canadians do not see the skilled trades as a viable career. Often, they enter an apprenticeship path later in their work career. In Ontario, for example, the average age of an apprentice is approximately 27.Contrast this scenario […]

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Anthony Mann – Closing the gap between education and employment

Voices from HEQCO’s November 2014 conference Hands On: Exploring Apprenticeship and the Skilled Trades Guest blogger: Anthony MannIf employer engagement in education were a snappier hashtag, it would be trending.Across the world, governments, institutions and organizations are asking themselves how can they close the gap between the worlds of education and employment, and better engage employers in the work of schools. A new collection of essays […]

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Ryan Whibbs – Time for a “mash up” of industry-relevant skills, theoretical training

 Guest blogger: Ryan WhibbsA fascinating discussion recently took place on CBC Radio’s The Current. Anna Maria Tremonti hosted Don Tapscott, Chancellor of Trent University; Sarah Watts-Rynard, Executive Director of the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum; and David Ticoll, Special Advisor to the Canadian Coalition for Tomorrow’s ICT Skills,  for a discussion  on “the debate between the value of skilled trades versus liberal arts education.”Toward the end of […]

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Sarah Watts-Rynard – Building the next generation of tradespeople

Voices from HEQCO’s November 2014 conference Hands On: Exploring Apprenticeship and the Skilled Trades Guest blogger: Sarah Watts-RynardDespite some debate about whether or not Canada is experiencing a skills shortage – economists say no, employers say yes – the reality is that a generation of expert tradespeople is moving toward retirement age.  Their exit from the workforce means the loss of substantial expertise when it comes […]

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