This project aims to develop, implement, and evaluate an integrated, accessible, and adaptive training and support system, serving as an online one-stop shop of educational tools, materials, and community resources for apprentices in the construction trades. The goal is to empower apprentices to take a proactive role in addressing multiple levels of challenges during apprenticeship training.
As part of the project, SRDC is designing and implementing a cohesive evaluation framework and data collection tools that not only track the progress of participating apprentices but also collect input and feedback from trades instructors, employers, unions, and other stakeholders to inform current and future products, tools, and services. The project contributes to facilitate the entry, retention, and advancement of underrepresented groups in the trades through an innovative, self-directed approach to online learning and interaction.
It is designed to provide equal opportunity and access for groups that are traditionally underrepresented in the trades, such as women, newcomers, visible minorities, Indigenous Peoples, youth, and low-skilled and displaced workers. Findings, best practices, and lessons learned from this project will be shared to support larger-scale expansion of this technology-driven approach to skills development within and beyond the construction sector.
Capability: Experimentation - Survey Design and Data Management - Strategic Program Review - Behavioural Economics
Policy Area: Adult Learning - Adult Training - Workplace Training - Financial Literacy - Literacy and Essential Skills, Employment - Workplace Diversity and Inclusion - Employment Supports and Services - Employment Programs, Post-Secondary Education - Access and Persistence
Population: Youth - Indigenous Peoples - Low-skilled Workers - Newcomers - Older Workers - Women