Developed based on guidance provided by members of industry across British Columbia, Skills Ready enables employers, educators, and youth to work together to bridge the gap between high school and jobs in the skilled trades.
High school students have access to programs that provide them the chance to gain high school credits through real world work experience and even collect apprenticeship hours. Industry involvement is critical to making these opportunities available. Skills Ready is a means for industry to give back while building the next generation of trade professionals.
Skills Ready clearly demonstrates how to support youth into the trades via a collaboration of industry, educators, community and government. Over the past two years the initiative has been active in our region and since its launch, the Southern Interior Construction Association has been a strong supporter. Its innovative delivery model allows industry to get involved in the development of our future workforce in new ways. We look forward to the continued growth and expansion of Skills Ready over the coming years.
Its hard to get teenagers and parents to pay attention to what’s possible. In this market, we’d hire 100 before they graduate, even if it meant we only got 10 good ones. Working with Construction Ready we were able to find Keegan who has been a great asset to our company. Projects like this are a critical way that industry can help change perspectives and promote solid, reliable jobs into the future. It’s an opportunity to connect with high school teachers and students that we aren’t otherwise getting.
“Thanks to the trades I have always been had enough to provide for myself, friends and family; included being afforded the opportunity to travel and live throughout BC. Now firmly established in my construction career the Construction Ready initiative has provided me the privilege of sharing my experiences with the next generation. I wish someone like me presented to me in high school.”
The Right Attitude, Skills & Knowledge
Through consultation with industry and educators across the province, having the right attitude, skills and knowledge were identified as the three core expectations of young people as they start out in the workforce. This concept of three core attributes is shared with students as the Industry ASK.
Through guided discussion and activity, students are introduced to the various ways that they can develop and demonstrate that they have the Industry ASK. The Rubric is one tool that is used in classrooms and on worksites across the province to initiate discussion around what is and isn’t acceptable work behavior.
As students continue to develop an understanding of what it means to have “The Industry ASK”, they move on to the FutureBuilder online tool.
An Online Record of Achievement
FutureBuilder is an online tool that guides students through activities that give them experiences that will demonstrate they have the Attitude, Skills and Knowledge required of a new hire.
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.
Through FutureBuilder, employers can create a company profile to receive and sort portfolios that students share with them. Employers can use the App to identify potential workers early in their career development and provide support and guidance to help the next generation realize their potential.
Access the FutureBuilder Workbook to view the types of activities students are completing within the app.
There are several ways you can provide an exploration opportunity for high school students who are interested in skilled trades careers.
Many of these opportunities help students to complete activities in the FutureBuilder online tool. The various activities within the tool can be previewed here.
Our Industry Talks take place in classrooms and gymnasiums across the province. The Talks are quick paced and provide students with real world information on the various kinds of trades and job options available to them in the industry.
Our LearnSafe initiative brings employers to classrooms across the province to share Safety focused information.
Did you know that some students may be eligible to receive high school credits for work experience? If you are interested in taking on a student, we can help connect you with the right people.
Site Tours provide students with an opportunity to see and experience a construction site.
Job Shadows involve having a student follow you for one day.
Student Information Interviews
Would you be willing to take a call from a student who has questions about your profession?
Many students are curious about what it takes to make it in a specific career and having a dialog with an industry professional is one way they can find out.
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.
Create a profile on FutureBuilder and encourage the young people working for you or students you meet to do the same. As students work through the various activities included in FutureBuilder, they can connect with you to share their progress.
The Employer Endorsements option is coming soon and will allow students to seek your stamp of approval on projects or work experience that they are documenting in FutureBuilder.