Bridging Generational Divides: Advancing Digital Skills in Canada’s Apprenticeships and Skilled Trades Ecosystem

The Conference Board of Canada, 40 pages, September 15, 2020
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A digital revolution is coming to the skilled trades. Tradespeople will need a range of new digital skills to keep pace with the future of work. In this report, we look at how Canadian apprenticeship training can adapt to the future of work.

Document Highlights

Young people entering the trades are encountering classrooms and workplaces undergoing social and technological disruption. These changes are being exacerbated by outdated training and assessment models and by persistent structural barriers to digital upskilling. This report looks at the barriers and ways to overcome them. Among the highlights:

  • Improving digital skills will be the most important factor in adapting Canada’s skilled trades to the future of work.
  • Generational differences between younger and older workers are slowing the shift.
  • Tradespeople will need seven core digital skills: technical, information management, digital communication, virtual collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, and problem-solving in digital environments.
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