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Call for expressions of interest: Inclusive Pre-Apprenticeship Pathways Project

Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) invites its members to submit an Expression of Interest to design a framework for inclusive pre-apprenticeship programs and/or pilot it and evaluate up to five pre-apprenticeship programs that improve access to the skilled trades for under-represented and disadvantaged groups (e.g. women, Indigenous peoples, newcomers, persons with disabilities and youth).

Proposals must be submitted by Wednesday, June 17, 2020, 5 p.m. (EDT).

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Guidelines & Criteria

Background

This two and a half year pan-Canadian initiative, funded by Employment and Social Development Canada’s Skilled Trades and Readiness Program, aims to help Canadians, particularly those from under-represented and disadvantaged groups, access and succeed in pre-apprenticeship programs, and to capture lessons learned through piloting and evaluating of up to five pre-apprenticeship programs.

Following a research phase undertaken by CICan and the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAF-FCA), to better understand the pre-apprenticeship system in Canadian colleges and institutes, CICan will select up to eight colleges and institutes to join a national working group and up to five colleges and institutes to join a pilot implementation group to test and evaluate five pre-apprenticeship programs for under-represented and disadvantaged groups. The results of the pilots will be shared with all CICan college and institute member institutions.

Pan-Canadian Working Groups

Group 1: Joining the pan-Canadian working group to design an inclusive pre-apprenticeship framework

CICan will form a pan-Canadian working group of up to 8 colleges and institutes and subject matter experts in diversity and inclusion. The working group will be tasked to design a framework for diversity and inclusion practices to be implemented within pre-apprenticeship programs.

Main responsibilities and activities

  • Identify best practices in offering pre-apprenticeship programs for under-represented and disadvantaged groups,
  • Develop a diversity and inclusion assessment tool for pre-apprenticeship programs,
  • Conduct diversity and inclusion assessments on the five selected pre-apprenticeship programs and make recommendations for adaptation,
  • Identify and develop innovative resources and wrap-around supports to reduce barriers for participants from under-represented and disadvantaged groups to access and succeed in the skilled trades,
  • Develop a strategy to recruit students from underrepresented and disadvantaged groups,
  • Establish an evaluation plan to measure success and lessons learned using the CAF-FCA’s Results Measurement Framework/Matrix.

Group 2: Joining the Pilot Implementation Group

CICan will select up to five colleges and institutes, to take part in the pilot implementation phase.

Each participating college and institute will implement the inclusive pre-apprenticeship program framework and apply it to a proposed pre-apprenticeship program.

The objective of the pilot is to lower barriers for under-represented and disadvantaged groups to access and succeed in the skilled trades.

Main responsibilities and activities of the Pilot group

  • Prepare and update the existing pre-apprenticeship program based on the inclusive pre-apprenticeship program framework and recommendations,
  • Recruit a minimum of 12 participants from under-represented and disadvantaged groups for each pilot program,
  • Implement appropriate wrap-around supports,
  • Track participants’ progress during and post-program, and,
  • Participate in an evaluation guided by CAF-FCA’s Results Measurement Framework/Matrix of Success Factors.

Timeline and budget

Group 1: Inclusive pre-apprenticeship framework design working group

Intervention: July 2020 to December 2020
Budget: Each selected member college/institute will receive a maximum amount of $20,000 in professional fees.

Group 2: Pilot Implementation Group to adapt, implement and evaluate the pre-apprenticeship programs

Intervention: January 2021 – December 2021
Budget: Each selected member college/institute will receive a maximum amount of $90,000 in professional fees.

An additional $10,000 will be provided to the institution delivering a pre-apprenticeship program to Indigenous participants within an Indigenous community.

All payments will be based on project deliverables. These fees are expected to cover all activities described in the statement of work. For example, participant tuition, program material, tools and other resources, travel costs, etc.

Selection criteria

Interested colleges and institutes must express their interest in joining one or both groups. Proposals will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

Group 1: Inclusive pre-apprenticeship framework design working group

Mandatory criteria for institutions

  • Capacity to assign a staff resource and faculty member that have experience with the delivery of pre-apprenticeship programs.
  • Experience offering pre-apprenticeship programs.
  • Experience offering tailored wrap-around services supporting participants from under-represented and disadvantaged groups.
  • Experience working in partnership with other academic institutions.
  • Proven success implementing diversity and inclusion best practices.

Other Criteria to be considered

  • Institution has experience delivering pre-apprenticeship programs within Indigenous communities.
  • Experience developing frameworks or other strategic documents for adapting or creating new programs.
  • Experience participating in evaluations of pre-apprenticeship programs.

Group 2: Pilot Implementation Group

Mandatory criteria for institutions

  • Capacity to assign a staff resource and faculty member that have experience with the delivery of pre-apprenticeship programs.
  • Experience offering pre-apprenticeship programs
  • Capacity to adapt a current pre-apprenticeship program.
  • Capacity to deliver the adapted pre-apprenticeship program that results in a certificate between January 2021 and December 2021.
  • Capacity to recruit a minimum of 12 participants from under-represented and disadvantaged groups.

Other Criteria to be considered

  • Institution has existing partnerships with Indigenous communities or organizations representing Indigenous communities.
  • Institution has experience carrying consultations with Indigenous communities as part of the program design phase

Submission Guidelines

The proposal must be submitted by filling out the proposal form for this project. The form must be signed by the appropriate signing authority in your institution.

Your proposal must be received by the CICan office no later than Wednesday, June 17, 2020, before 5:00 p.m. (EDT).

Selection Process

A committee comprised of CICan management team members and external stakeholders will review the proposals within two weeks of the submission deadline. The committee will evaluate and score all proposals based on the criteria defined above. A scoring grid with weighted scores for each criterion will be used for this purpose.

The results of the selection process will be communicated by Tuesday, June 30, 2020 to all those who submit a proposal.

Questions?

If you have any questions, please contact:

Brian Carrière (bcarriere@collegesinstitutes.ca)
Senior Program Officer
Canadian Partnerships

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