ERIC Number: ED431457
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Apprenticeship 2000: Ontario Community Colleges' Vision for the 21st Century.
Association of Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology of Ontario, North York.
In response to the Ministry of Education and Training Discussion Paper on Apprenticeship Reform, the Council of Presidents of the Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology of Ontario presented a new vision for apprenticeship in Ontario. The 21st century apprenticeship system aims to remove barriers and enable workers to successfully adjust and cope with rapid change in the workplace and labor market. In order to accomplish this, the paper addresses the need to be employer driven, encourage continuous learning and quality program improvements and be a direct benefit to increasing wealth for all Ontarians. The paper starts with the community colleges' vision and action plan for apprenticeship training, and then responds to regulatory and strategic issues questions. Apprenticeship training is viewed as a value-added investment in people that enhances the skill level of the workforce. Key elements of an apprenticeship system are flexibility, access to further training, increased industry ownership of the programs, and industry-sanctioned recognition. The Communications and Marketing Branch of the Ministry of Education and Training estimates that by the year 2015 Ontario's labor force will change to include a higher participation rate by women and a significant increase in culturally diverse and visible minorities. This reformed system seeks to provide for successful learning opportunities for these new labor force entrants while providing current workers the skills necessary to operate new technologies. (JJL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association of Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology of Ontario, North York.