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A workplace educator can provide support to apprentices who are having difficulty with reading, math or study skills while taking technical training.

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.

The 9 Essential Skills are the foundational skills needed for learning other skills and for success at every job. Strong Essential Skills help workers adapt to workplace change and additional learning.

Technical training classes have apprentices with a wide range of abilities. Often there are apprentices who whiz through content and learn skills very easily, but there are those who struggle along the way. Apprentices who have finished a task can be disruptive while those having difficulty need to concentrate. Instructors can make use of the time and skill of advanced learners to benefit everyone in the class.

Technical trainers can increase the success rates of apprentices by integrating Essential Skills like reading and numeracy into the technical training itself.

Technical trainers can increase the success rates of apprentices by integrating Essential Skills like reading and numeracy into the technical training itself.

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