Diversifying the Talent Pipelines for In-Demand Red Seal Trades - SRDC

Diversifying the Talent Pipelines for In-Demand Red Seal Trades

This project focuses on supporting apprentices from equity-deserving groups, including women, gender-diverse individuals, youth, Indigenous people, and racialized individuals in Ontario, Alberta, and Nova Scotia. Build a Dream delivers learning programs aligned with the unique needs of these apprentice groups to improve their overall skills and Red Seal trades competencies. Build a Dream also brings unions and employers together to facilitate more inclusive work placement opportunities.

The project comprises an Apprenticeship Incubator program, which aims to improve the quality of training in the skilled trades by upgrading the social-emotional skills of apprentices. Another programming component, #PowerUP Skills, upgrades apprentices’ technical competencies by providing more hands-on experience in a safe learning environment. Finally, Build a Dream organizes and delivers You’re Hired Road Shows across the country to facilitate the connections between apprentices from equity-deserving groups to employers and unions, improving their access to work placement and employment opportunities. SRDC is the research and evaluation partner of the project, collecting data to conduct implementation research and evaluate the outcomes of all programming components.

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