While the CSC’s earlier Essential Skills projects involved the development of customized resources for industry, workers, educators and training providers, two questions remained: Where do we go from here to ensure the construction industry has the Essential Skills required to benefit from training and perform on the job, and how can we build the industry’s capacity to respond to Essential Skills needs?
To address these questions, the CSC’s latest project, Sustainable Essential Skills for the Construction Industry, aims to create ongoing capacity by helping industry instructors to integrate Essential Skills upgrading into their technical training. To do this the CSC is partnering with B.C.’s SkillPlan, bringing their expertise in developing Essential Skills training materials to the construction industry nationwide.
The current project seeks to equip instructors with the skills they require to provide effective Essential Skills training through the use, and in some cases, development of Essential Skills materials. The Essential Skills are Reading, Writing, Document Use, Numeracy, Computer Use, Thinking, Oral Communication, Working with Others and Continuous Learning.
This approach consists of the following central features:
This approach moves from just producing materials to enabling trainers and educators to prepare materials. The goal is to create an Essential Skills community that can share resources and expertise, and ultimately move the Essential Skills field forward for the construction industry. And the timing is right as the industry prepares to meet the training challenges that will result from the aging workforce and the loss of skilled workers to retirements.
The CSC has a number of Essential Skills products currently available. To order or download these materials, visit www.csc-ca.org.