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Another day, another education-related announcement that shows the #UCP didn't do their homework and didn't listen to what we shared with them about the work school districts are already doing on career education and skilled trades. #abed #ableg #abvote
The NAIT Collegiate project was initiated through an agreement between #EPSB, #ECSD, and #NAIT in 2014. We've been waiting for Blatchford redevelopment and also have had to prioritize high school construction in south #yeg because space needs there are dire.
Our district, #EPSB, also already offers the Career Pathways model to all students to help them begin thinking about life after high school from day 1. At this stage, they use My Blueprint to imagine their futures.
At junior high, we already offer CTS programming - some of our offerings are provincial leaders on supporting kids in exploring career paths more deeply. They're using My Blueprint now to plan courses and chart a path into high school.
And by the time they reach high school, they can access a wide range of career-related programs at schools across the city. They make their course selections based on what path they want to pursue after school and also use My Blueprint to plan for post-secondary or work life.
They can also access a wide range of dual credit options, including through Registered Apprenticeship Programs and through Campus EPSB, which allows students to access programs not usually available in their home school (epsb.ca/programs/skill…).
Many of those programs, whether for health care aides, first responders, automotive tech, steel construction, or computer science, allow students to earn job-ready credentials and high school credits at the same time.
What this allows is for students to pursue career education in high school, but it doesn't require us to create entirely separate vocational schools, and in the case of steel trades, it allows students to get out into trades training facilities they wouldn't otherwise have.
It also opens access for all kids - not just those who might get tracked into a vocational school. And that's vital. Even for kids who are academic high achievers, sometimes, the trades are a good fit. Let's not close the door on them finding fulfillment too!
Also, as for age at PSE enrolment: the average university student is similarly in their 20s. It's common for people to go out and work for a while and then come back to get training - and to return through their lifetimes.
I went back to university at 25. My spouse made a career change to become an electrician at 40. I'm not sure the fact that NAIT students are older is necessarily only about dissatisfaction with uni (and a lot of trades folks go the other way into earning a degree later).
I also want to note that while youth unemployment is low in Germany, so is all unemployment, and similar to us, there's a gap for youth as compared to older workers. There's a lot of reasons for that. It's simplistic to say that trades training will solve this alone.
That doesn't mean that we shouldn't support people wanting to enter trades. It's a great career (I'm the daughter of a tradesman and the spouse of one too). Butsomeone should have asked schools what we're already doing before they announced a platform that reinvents the wheel.
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