BuildForce Canada is a national industry-led organization that has led many Essential Skills initiatives to meet the needs of the construction industry. Materials that BuildForce has developed for industry stakeholders, tradespeople, trades instructors, and apprentices can be downloaded or ordered from its website at www.buildforce.ca/en/catalog/essential-skills.
Publications on research into topics that would interest technical trainers include:
|Essential Skills Workshop (2010) for representatives from the construction industry showcases past projects and shows the correlation between Essential Skills in technical training and success on the Red Seal exam.|
|The Business Case for Essential Skills in Construction researched the effect on Essential Skills training and completion rates for technical training.|
|Tips on Introducing Essential Skills into Construction Trades Training provides trades instructors with strategies for teaching document use, reading and numeracy.|
Publications that meet specific needs in the workplace and can be used in the technical training classroom include the following:
|These technical training worksheets and instructor's guide practice Essential Skills in the trades context.|
|Prep guide to practice Essential Skills for carpenters.|
|Worksheets with an Essential Skills focus for various trades such as masons|
Buildforce’s recent project is professional development for trades instructors. Buildforce and SkillPlan hosted workshops across Canada to mentor instructors on integrating Essential Skills into technical training.
For more information on the resources and tools that Buildforce has to offer, visit www.buildforce.ca.