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Essential Skills Services for Construction

Training for Instructors

On-site Courses
Program and Curriculum Development
Mentorship in Technical Training
Document Use in Technical Training
Using Technology in the Classroom
Instructor Resources
Instructor ES Training

On-site Courses

These workshops for technical trainers are available by request and held on-site at your technical training school. The content is customized for your trade.

Program and Curriculum Development

You are an expert in your trade but you want to develop more effective programs, curriculum and lessons. We mentor instructors on the following topics:

  • Redesigning existing curriculum.
  • Integrating Reading, Document Use, and Numeracy skills into existing technical training curriculum.
  • Assisting with assessment design (exams, tests, quizzes, prep guides).
  • Designing technical training worksheets to accompany course content.

Mentorship in Technical Training

Technical training instructors can play an important role in contributing to the success of apprentice-mentor relationships. This workshop will show how you can integrate mentorship into your instruction so that apprentices will be better learners and future mentors.

  • Teach apprentices strategies for becoming successful learners in the classroom and on the jobsite.
  • Teach apprentices about their responsibility to share what they know with less experienced workers by using a mentoring strategy.

Document Use in Technical Training

Technical training involves reading many documents with complex information. In this workshop, you will get a better understanding of how document complexity can challenge an apprentice’s ability to succeed at training. Topics covered:

  • Understanding drawings, schematics, labels, lists, tables, flow charts and entry forms
  • Developing document reading skills.
  • Understanding document complexity.

This workshop aims to give you tips on teaching Document Use. It is not a workshop on how to design documents.

Using Technology in the Classroom

Learn how you can use PowerPoint presentations to enhance your lessons and engage your apprentices.

  • Design slides that complement the content from technical manuals.
  • Create effective slides with content that engages your learners.
  • Use animation techniques that demonstrate your teaching points.
  • Add video clips that show how something is done, or add variety with a “guest speaker” from a safety video.
  • Learn the do’s and don’ts of making handouts for your PowerPoint slides.

Instructor Resources

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A site with resources for instructors and trainers in the construction industry.  Developed by Buildforce Canada & SkillPlan for the Sustainable Essential Skills in Construction Project. Features include:

Resources

Instructor ES Training

  • Online, self-paced e-learning courses that show instructors how they can improve the ability of their apprentices in succeeding at technical training.

Support for ES Professionals

  • Ask the experts at SkillPlan.
  • Connect with ES Practitioners.

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Instructor ES Training

Applying Essential Skills to Technical Training
Description: Designed for technical training instructors, this course will help instructors gain an understanding of their apprentices Essential Skills levels and how this applies to technical training. Activities provide instructional ideas on how to address skills gaps and improve the ability of apprentices to succeed in their apprenticeship.
Price: $50 +GST

Developing Worksheets for Technical Training
Description: This course will show instructors how to build worksheets to optimize learning opportunities for apprentices. Instructional ideas include how to use examples and answer steps to teach apprentices strategies for solving numeracy problems, and how to teach apprentices about document structure so they understand how to locate information in drawings, tables, and diagrams. Worksheets designed by instructors from various construction trades are included as examples.
Price: $50 +GST

Also Included: With your order, you will receive 4 books to accompany the courses. Instructor’s Guide, Trades Worksheets Book 1, 2, 3.

Register for e-learning courses:

Send an email to orders@skillplan.ca  indicating which course you would like to sign up for. Include your full name.  Provide a shipping address for the 4 free books. Shipping cost is additional. Please request if you’d like it shipped express, otherwise it will be shipped expedited parcel, from Vancouver. You will receive a reply from SkillPlan with the total order amount, with a payment link payable by credit card.  Or you may mail a cheque to SkillPlan. Once payment has been successfully processed, you will receive an email from SkillPlan with your course PIN(s) and the link to the e-learning course website. Register for an account on that website and use your course PIN to begin.