Bridging Generational Divides—Digital Skills in the Trades

The Conference Board of Canada, 2 pages, September 15, 2020
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Tradespeople today will need a range of new digital skills to keep pace with the future of work. This summary of our Bridging Generational Divides report looks at how Canadian apprenticeship training can adapt to the future of work.

Document Highlights

Young people entering the trades today often face outdated training and assessment models and persistent structural barriers to digital upskilling. This summary looks at ways to overcome these challenges. Among the highlights:

  • Improving digital skills will be the most important factor in adapting Canada’s skilled trades to the future of work.
  • Tradespeople will need seven core digital skills: technical, information management, digital communication, virtual collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, and problem-solving in digital environments.
  • Today’s apprentices are digitally savvy, whereas the established journeypersons who mentor them did not grow up with digital devices and media.
  • Certified journeypersons also face multiple barriers to digital upskilling, from the overwhelming pace of digitization to a lack of basic computer literacy among some older workers.

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