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Key success factors

  • Students who complete the pre-apprenticeship program develop basic employability skills and undergo technical training, helping them secure a job as an apprentice.

  • The program offers flexibility for employers in terms of when students leave for in-class learning.

Unique characteristics

  • Employers develop supportive relationships with their apprenticeship students, course instructors, and Sheridan. A few employers serve on the Program Advisory Committee to provide input on continuous improvement of the program.

  • Several students have won competitions at a wide variety of levels, including college-specific, provincial (Skills Ontario), national (Skills Canada), and international (WorldSkills) competitions. Competing isn't mandatory, but it's encouraged. In 2019, a student secured a spot on Team Canada to compete at the WorldSkills Competition in Russia

Challenges

  • Sheridan is still trying to reach its enrolment goals for its apprenticeship programs. In addition to marketing apprenticeships in an institution-specific context, the program is trying to counteract common cultural misperceptions regarding skilled trades; for example, some students who would be well-suited for the trades as a career path may not consider apprenticeship if it's viewed as less prestigious than traditional undergraduate programs. 

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Sheridan

Key characteristics

  • Type: Apprenticeship
  • Year program was established: 1984
  • Number of students per year: 107 in 2018-2019
  • Number of employers/partners per year: 40
  • Programs/academic disciplines participating: Industrial Mechanic Millwright
  • Duration of experience: 7,200 hours over the course of the program; 90% on-the-job (paid) and 10% in the classroom
  • Submitted by: Joanne Islip