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Aboriginal Students Succeed In New Electrical Skills Training Program

A group of Aboriginal students from across British Columbia has completed the successful pilot testing of a streamlined program designed to bring them into the electrical trades. The “Alternate Pathways to Electrical Careers” program, endorsed by industry and government, represents

Posted in Aboriginals/ First Nations, Construction Industry, Essential Skills

Stories of BC Women in Trades

Julia Ballantyne, Refrigeration Mechanic I got into the trades in 2012 starting with the discovery trades program at BCIT. At the end of that program I chose to go into refrigeration because it is a combination of a bunch of trades.

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Posted in Construction Industry, Labour Market

Why you should use animated visuals when teaching apprentices

Technology can be a powerful tool for taking a complex idea and explaining it clearly with the use of visuals. Using a computer program such as PowerPoint can help you to illustrate teaching points and increase or decrease the amount

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Posted in Construction Industry, Essential Skills

Tips for asking clear “what” questions to help apprentices who have difficulty with reading

“What” is the most frequently used question word, yet “what” is considered to be the most challenging.  It is clear what other question words are asking for: “who” asks for a person, “where” asks for a place. “What” should ask

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Why You Should Use Photographs and Drawings in Technical Training

Photographs and drawings show, explain, or teach an item or concept in a more concrete way than words. Instructors can use them to illustrate concepts, transfer a concept from one application to another, or reduce the number of words needed

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The Advantages of Using Examples to Teach Applications

Using an example to teach an application has many advantages: Apprentices are more likely to be interested in learning when they can see how the application is relevant to their trade. An example provides a model that apprentices can follow

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Why Instructors Should Teach Calculator Use to Apprentices in Technical Training

Apprentices need to use calculators during technical training and in final exams, but calculator user manuals are usually overwhelmingly long and complex. It is unlikely that apprentices with weak Essential Skills can learn to use the calculator from the manual.

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Posted in Construction Industry, Essential Skills

5 Strategies for Building Trade-Specific Vocabulary

Apprentices need to learn and memorize a lot of vocabulary, terminology and jargon that is specific to the trade. Often this vocabulary cannot be located in a regular dictionary. That is why it is important for technical trainers to consistently

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Posted in Construction Industry, Essential Skills

Visual Aids help to translate Word Problems for Apprentices

Drawing diagrams organizes numerical and spatial information such as dimensions, and makes relationships between numbers and dimensions more apparent. The process of drawing and labelling the diagram helps apprentices visualize the problem and understand which numerical information is relevant. When

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How Instructors Can Control the Difficulty of Questions

Instructors ask about 100 questions per hour in a typical classroom setting. As instructors, we use questions when we teach and assess apprentices. If you think about it, apprentices can pass or fail courses depending on their ability to answer

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Posted in Construction Industry, Essential Skills

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