Vocational/Technical Education Training in Ontario


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This is a presentation given by Chris Usih, Executive Superintendent, Toronto District School Board, on the VET/CTE program in Ontario. It was given in October 2013 during the Global Cities Education Network Symposium in Singapore.

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Vocational/Technical Education Training in Ontario

  1. 1. Global Cities Education Network Symposium, October 8-11, 2013 Singapore VOCATIONAL/TECHNICAL EDUCATION & TRAINING ONTARIO CONTEXT Christopher Usih Executive Superintendent Toronto District School Board Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  2. 2. QUICK FACTS… Source: Statistics Canada, 2011
  3. 3. Provinces & Territories Source: Statistics Canada, 2011
  4. 4. CANADA Total Area: 1,076,395 square kilometres Nearly 35 million people (2012) 10 Provinces and 3 Territories Approx. 40% of all Canadians live in Ontario
  5. 5. Source: Council of Ministers of Education , Canada (2008) :Ontario Education
  6. 6. Unemployment Rate Source: Statistics Canada, 2013
  7. 7. Providers of Vocational Education & Training in Ontario/Canada • Thousands of non-degree granting institutions including private schools and industry partners • Include public colleges, specialized institutes, community colleges, institutes of technology, colleges of applied arts and technology, or cégeps in Quebec
  8. 8. APPRENTICESHIP • Apprenticeship registrations have shown a steady increase, reaching almost 300,000 in 2005. • The largest increases have been in the building construction trades Source: Government of Canada, 2012
  9. 9. RESPONSE TO LABOUR SHORTAGE • New federal program fast tracking skilled immigrant workers (proposal) • Launched in January 2013 in response to calls from Canadian employers for skilled workers to fill labour shortages – particularly in the construction and natural resources sectors. • Rather than formal academic education, applicants are assessed on language skills, practical training and work experience.
  10. 10. Response… • Part of the government’s plan is “to challenge the bias that exists among young Canadians who see a university degree as more valuable than going to college to learn a skilled trade.” • Proposals to expand polytechnics • Encourage the private sector to offer more apprenticeships. • Offer a tax credit to employers who train apprentices.
  11. 11. Ontario Student Success Strategy www.gov.on.ca • Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) – a school to work transition program allowing students to complete high school while developing work skills and building hours towards the completion of an apprenticeship. • Students must be at least 16 years old. • Training is 90% on-the-job and 10% in school
  12. 12. More Options… • Specialist High Skills Majors – Students can take a bundle of courses in a particular industry sector will completing their high school diploma • Co-operative Education /internship (paid and unpaid) • Continuous Intake Co-operative Education • Dual Credit Programs – Students enrolled in college courses while still in high school (concurrent) • School Within a College • Broad Based Technology Programs • Experiential Learning Opportunities – i.e., Career Exploration Activities, Job Shadowing, Job Twinning, Work Experience/Virtual Work Experience, etc.
  13. 13. THANK YOU!