ERIC Number: ED379043
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
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The Keyano College Community Cooperative Apprenticeship Program.
Keyano Coll., Fort McMurray (Alberta).
While the average age of journeymen in Alberta, Canada is close to retirement, students wanting to learn skilled trades have difficulties finding companies that will hire them, meaning that there may not be enough apprentices and journeymen to replace retiring workers. To address this situation, Keyano College (KC) joined with 10 local businesses in 1992 to develop the Keyano College Community Cooperative Apprenticeship program for heavy mechanics, millwrights, welders, pipefitters, boilermakers, and automotive mechanics. The program brings students in at the first-year level and rotates them into four different companies for their work experience. In the first 2 years of the program, 39 students were in apprenticeships at 11 local businesses. While students are not guaranteed jobs at the end of the 4-year apprenticeship period, they will have the certification, skills, and experience necessary for employment. Benefits of the program include enthusiastic young trainees and experienced employees later for business, stronger relationships with the business community for KC, learning and employment opportunities for students, and closer contact for instructors to trends in business practices. In addition, the program is easily replicable, with similar programs being developed at Red Deer College (Alberta) and the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology. (Includes a list of businesses in the KC program.) (KP)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Authoring Institution: Keyano Coll., Fort McMurray (Alberta).
Identifiers - Location: Canada