HEQCO Report by Western Education Authors

Congratulations to Professor Emeritus, Ron Hansen and Catharine Dishke Hondzel, PhD graduate, on their recent publication –The Apprentice Retention Program:Evaluation and Implications for Ontario

“The Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO) has published a new report that examines the development, implementation, and efficacy of the Apprentice Retention Program (ARP), a program developed by Western University and Fanshawe College in collaboration with several other organizations. The ARP comprises 9 hands-on and 2 online workshops on topics including workplace learning, communication, and employer expectations. 26 apprentices receiving in-class training at Fanshawe participated in the study. Most ARP participants agreed that the program provided them with valuable information, especially around employer expectations and budgeting. Participants indicated that they felt they would benefit from additional face-to-face support from Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) employment and training consultants, and that they would appreciate more information on available support services. The authors of the report said that their research indicates a need for multi-faceted interventions to improve retention rates, and that programs should incorporate assistance programs as part of the core curriculum or pre-apprenticeship training offered at PSE institutions. HEQCO Summary | Full Report
-Source: Academica Top Ten- Thurs Jan 29, 2015.

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