Building on activities that occur in classrooms across the province, the Skills Ready collection of tools are an extension to the good work being done by you to prepare students for life after high school.
The assignments, projects and extracurricular activities that students participate in on a daily basis are providing them with the fundamental Attitudes, Skills and Knowledge required to be successful in the workforce. The Skills Ready tools are geared to help students sort these activities into a central location that will empower them to connect with their educators, mentors and future employers in new and effective ways.
Our Career Catalysts are a resource to you. As experienced tradespeople who have the training to impart workplace and industry realities to students, their in-class presentations on the Industry ASK and FutureBuilder may be a good supplement to your curriculum.
In addition to in-class presentations and student support, the Catalysts have access to a rich network of employers who are interested in supporting young people via classroom presentation, work experience and site visits.
THE INDUSTRY ASK
Through consultation with industry and educators across the province, three core expectations were identified for young people starting out in industry. These core expectations, Attitude, Skill & Knowledge are the base of The Industry ASK and the touchstone for the Skills Ready tools.
The Industry ASK is available in poster format and is referred to on the Rubric Tools.
The Rubric is a tool used to identify employer expectations of young workers starting out in the workforce. It is developed with industry direction and can be used as a way to understand, and prepare for, the experience of starting most entry level skilled trade jobs. It is designed to be integrated with the new Applied Design, Skills and Technologies and can be used as a classroom tool.
The Rubric can be used as a student self-assessment or as a tool for employers or teachers to provide assessment. It may be appropriate to use the Rubric at the beginning and end of a course or work experience in order to highlight where a student has demonstrated growth or requires additional focus.
The Rubric is available in a booklet or poster format.
FutureBuilder is an online tool, based upon curriculum and programming taking place in most schools. It is currently being used by Educators as a tool to support Students as they prepare for and apply for work in industry.
Students use FutureBuilder as a tool to plan and document their high school experience, while graduating students use it to prepare for apprenticeship. From Job Shadowing to joining a Sports Team or Club, the experiences that young people are accumulating are enabling them to become ready for life after school. Access the FutureBuilder Workbook to view the types of activities students are completing within the app.
Create a profile on FutureBuilder and encourage your students to do the same. As students work through the various activities included in FutureBuilder, they can connect with you to share their progress.
The Educator Endorsements option is coming soon and will allow students to seek your stamp of approval on school projects that they are documenting in FutureBuilder.
Employer / Educator Events
The Skills Ready team holds several events around the province each year that bring industry and employers together share and discuss ways that we can all support young people as they prepare for and enter the workforce.
Youth / Employer Events
We also hold events in the schools that bring employers and students together. Our last Showcase Event brought employers into the Explore A Trade class at Salmon Arm Secondary to view the students' year end projects and potentially make a summer hire! Read more about this event on our blog.
As a careers teacher, the knowledge that I have a team of professional and hardworking individuals who can act as a liaison between the school system and employer groups is invaluable. We know our 'educational world', but if we do not have recent and a deep involvement in the "construction world", which most of us do not, having this link is critical.
Thank you for all the hard work you do for us and district. You are making and providing an amazing opportunity to our students and community by bridging the gap between employers and future stars in the trades.
The 'Skills Ready' showcase initiative is exactly what some of our young people need to help guide them in their post secondary career decisions. I know for a fact that after today's experience, a number of my students are definitely considering a career in the trades.