Youth appenticeship programming in British Columbia




Hargreaves, Rodger

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The purpose of this study is to compare (a) the apprenticeship and secondary school records of those people in B.C. who started an apprenticeship while enrolled in secondary school (focus group) to (b) those who began their apprenticeship after leaving high school (comparison group). A total of 22,909 apprentices have had their Industry Training Authority apprenticeship and Ministry of Education grade 11 and 12 education records examined. The 13,357 individuals in the focus group began an apprenticeship while enrolled in secondary school and the 9,552 individuals in the comparison group started an apprenticeship after leaving secondary school. From these groups, individuals from five popular trades were selected for analysis to check for differences or similarities between these trades and demographic groups. Provincial apprenticeship and education statistics were used, where appropriate, to compare focus and comparison group findings to provincial norms. This research has found evidence suggesting that apprenticeship programming in secondary school encourages a wider variety of people to take apprenticeships. Apprenticeship training and associated programming in the grade 11 and 12 years appears to help increase student achievement levels and lead to significantly higher graduation rates for aboriginal and special needs students who can be marginalized in mainstream academic programming.



Apprenticeship, Youth, British Columbia, High School, Secondary School Apprenticeship, ACE IT, SSA, Youth Apprenticeship, High School Apprenticeship, BC Youth Apprenticeships, BC Youth Apprenticeship Programs, Youth Apprenticeship Programs, Youth Apprenticeship Statistics, Apprenticeship Programs in Secondary School, Secondary School, Aboriginal, Special Needs Students, Youth Apprentice, Alternate Graduation Pathways, Ministry of Education, Graduation Statistics, Graduation Program