Edition: Focus on Careers November 2015 Newsletter
“Can you tell me about at time when you were learning and didn’t want to stop? Where were you? Who were you with? What did it feel like, look like, sound like, smell like?”…
Several times now, I’ve had the pleasure of being in rooms full of people where this question has been asked. The common theme that emerges from people’s stories is constantly the same: relationships. That optimal learning experience resulted from learners feeling cared for by the people they were learning from and with. Other key words mentioned were “hands-on”, “collaboration”, “dialogue”, “outside”, “real”, “engaging”, “novelty”, and “choice”. Very rarely does anyone describe that optimal learning experience as what has now come to be considered the traditional classroom environment where desks are in rows, a teacher is talking at the front of the room, and students are sitting quietly, either listening, writing, reading or daydreaming.
It’s absolutely exciting to know that many teachers, and teams of teachers, around the province are working towards creating optimal learning experiences for their students. Often these teachers have stepped outside of their formal/traditional assignment and added “root causes of success” to their daily routines. How about the French Immersion teacher who brought tools into what was a traditional Grade 7 classroom and taught his students to build their own tables, benches and bookshelves? …Or the Social Studies teacher who also teaches students to build/create robots? … Or countless others who bring skills and passions not necessarily associated with their formal teaching assignment into their classrooms.
The possibility of creating optimal learning experiences for students is increasing exponentially where teams of teachers with different backgrounds, skills and passions are getting together to co-create interdisciplinary projects. Further, the expansion of partnerships outside of the traditional school building (and schedule) to include community members and employers, has allowed learning to become even more authentic and relevant.
As uncomfortable and risky as it may be to journey outside of our comfortable silos and away from the status quo, I believe we are obliged to make the trip on behalf of our kids.
In This Edition:
* ITA Trades Talk
* Pre-Apprenticeship & Apprenticeships are Partnerships
* Employer information on Apprenticeships
* Secondary School Apprenticeships
* go2HR Provincial Map of Tourism & Hospitality Programs
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ITA Trades Talk
In the Summer/Fall 2015 edition, several partnerships are highlighted. A few things that might be interesting to secondary school counsellors are:
Spotlight highlights a partnership between Bella Coola’s Nuxalk Nation, ITA and Camosun College.
Employer profile identifies a Vanderhoof company that supports apprenticeships from high school to Red Seal.
Youth Initiatives identifies Canadian Tire collaborating with the ITA to promote skilled trades career opportunities in the automotive industry.
In the News outlines how the North Island Hospitals Project is promoting Apprenticeships and SSA opportunities in the building of new hospitals.
Pre-Apprenticeships and Apprenticeships are partnerships
Pre-Apprenticeship training and Apprenticeships are partnerships – between the student or apprentice and the training institution, either high school or post-secondary institute, the Industry Training Authority and finally Industry, because without a job - there is no apprentice.
Apprenticeships form the core of Trades Training, and as a Career Educator/Counsellor you likely have a number of resources to use.
Want some general information on apprenticeships and careers in trades?
Below are some links to a few resources that might be useful to you.
Employer Information for Apprenticeships
Why would you, as a Career Educator/Counsellor, need information on the employer side of an apprenticeship?
The employer is in a partnership, with the apprentice, with Jobs, Skills & Training, with ITA, and if the apprentice is still a student – with you.
- Because part of what you do is to assist students to find work experience, Secondary School Apprenticeships (SSA) and post-ACE-it apprenticeship opportunities.
- If you are informed of the benefits, if your student is informed of the benefits, then there is an increased chance that an employer who does not already sponsor apprentices may become interested in becoming a sponsor.
Information for Employers – re: Apprenticeships
The ITA provides a basic outline of the various supports that an employer has access to when they sponsor an Apprentice.
WorkBC provides comprehensive information for an employer considering taking on an apprentice.
Secondary School Apprenticeships
SSA is a dual credit program that provides BC students in Grades 10, 11, and 12 with the opportunity to get a jump start on their apprenticeship journey. Students start their work based training component of an apprenticeship program with an employer sponsor while still in high school. Students "earn while they learn" receiving credit towards both a high school diploma while accumulating apprenticeship hours that are used towards their trade certification.
Contact: Tony Arthurs, Careers & Skills Coordinator, Ministry of Education – (250) 213-7540
go2HR creates Provincial Map for Tourism & Hospitality Programs
go2HR, BC's Tourism Human Resources association is refreshing how we maintain and communicate the variety of tourism and hospitality training programs available in the province. They are looking for better ways to connect students taking training with employers and vice versa.
They have been building a provincial inventory of all tourism and hospitality programs from high school to university, with a point of contact, website and courses offered. They have a draft version available here:
go2HR would like educators to check out the map and provide feedback on accuracy and use. For more information, or to update information contained on the map, please contact Linda Halingten at firstname.lastname@example.org or 604-633-9787 ext. 223.