Under this banner, the CBoC will study and support ongoing work-integrated learning initiatives in Canada focusing broadly on the drive to create more experiential learning opportunities for Canadians, especially vulnerable populations, while also zeroing in on apprenticeship training (a form of applied/experiential learning) and in particular the trades that are struggling to attract apprenticeship candidates.
Work Integrated Learning (WIL)
This project examines applied learning opportunities for post-secondary students through co-op placements, internships, applied research projects, etc. In partnership with the Business/Higher Education Roundtable, this initiative will begin by informing the path to developing 44,000 new WIL opportunities per year by 2022, and 150,000 per year by 2028. The first phase of the study will explore the potential to scale WIL positions within Canadian firms, with impact assessments carried out by industry, province, and firm. Subsequent projects will examine barriers faced by vulnerable populations to accessing WIL, opportunities to develop WIL for part-time students and adult learning in need of upskilling/reskilling, as well as barriers to employers in providing WIL opportunities.
Innovations in Apprenticeship
The project will focus on which skilled trades, sectors, and regions are struggling to attract apprenticeship candidates. The research for this project will identify which skilled trades are “at risk” of negatively affecting the economy due to labour shortages, and what specifically can be done to mitigate the risk. In year one of the project we will focus on understanding the current state of the apprenticeship participation in Canada from the perspective of the participants, employers, training institutions, and governments. Overarching research questions will include: How can the partners in the apprenticeship ecosystem—employers, training institutions, and governments—increase apprenticeship training participation rate for the “at-risk” trades