April 2013

Presenter Name(s): 
Stewart Kallio

Work in the skilled trades provides good and well-paying jobs; yet weak literacy skills, educational gaps and insufficient work experience too often contribute to candidates not completing their apprenticeship qualifications. This is particularly prominent among those challenging the Certificate of Qualification, issued to a candidate who has successfully completed an apprenticeship program and has attained the prescribed pass mark on the certification examination to qualify as a journeyperson in that trade. 

Findings from a recently completed project in Northern Ontario suggest that not only can access to apprenticeship be improved, but literacy service providers can also make a difference for apprentices hoping to successfully challenge their qualifying exams. 
Join Essential Skills Ontario Thursday, April 11 at 1:00PM ET for our free webinar, 'Supporting Apprenticeship Completions: Lessons for Literacy Service Providers’, hosted by Stewart Kallio of Kallio Consulting and Project Coordinator of the Mid North Network for the Coordination of Adult Literacy's Supporting Apprenticeship Completions project. 
In this free, one hour webinar, participants will explore: 
• Apprenticeship completion 
• Challenges related to passing the Certificate of Qualification 
• Supports and models piloted by Literacy Service Providers 
• Strategies to improve apprenticeship completions 
There will be time for questions at the end of the webinar.
Webinar Title: 
Supporting Apprenticeship Completions: Lessons for Literacy Service Providers

Stewart has more than 20 years of experience at three Ontario colleges (Cambrian, Niagara, Confederation) that includes leadership of access, preparatory, transfer, postsecondary and staff development programming. 

He knows Ontario’s Literacy and Essential Skills Field well. His consulting work and administrative career have provided ample experience with Employment Ontario, Literacy and Basic Skills, Apprenticeship, and Workplace Literacy and Essential Skills. He has practical experience with organizational needs assessment, essential skills assessment (TOWES, HRSDC tools, etc.) and program evaluation. 
He is currently working as Project Coordinator, Supporting Apprenticeship Completions, which is looking, in particular, at ways to promote greater success challenging the Certificate of Qualification. He consulted to several other projects – one as a Literacy and Essential Skills (LES) Subject Matter Expert to CONNECT Strategic Alliances that developed Essential Skills tools and resources for career practitioners; another as a Learning Advisor to the Ontario Literacy Coalition (now Essential Skills Ontario) implementing two WLES site projects; and a third as a researcher to the College Sector Committee to (1) identify the role of essential employability skills in the success of adult learners’ transition to first year Business, Health, and Technology programs and (2) report on the needs of early school leavers, particularly youth, Aboriginals, second generation learners, social assistance recipients and on-line learners making the transition to postsecondary, pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programs.
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Webinar Date: 
Thursday, April 11, 2013 - 1:00pm