I was privileged to be invited by Suncor Energy to be their guest at the Oil Sands Learning and Education Network, a two-day event in Calgary attended by over 100 individuals from government, industry, workforce development and various advocacy and interest groups with a stake in solving the skills crisis that threatens the economic engine of Alberta (and to a large extent of Canada). It was a very fast-paced session, and unlike many where the participants are pretty passive, this one was active: every individual was assigned to one of 4 working groups focused on a particular theme: my group was looking at increasing the number of skilled tradespeople for the oil sands. [Read more…]
Excerpt from ‘Professional Attributes’ by Kevin K Sheppard Are you a confident person? Competent people must be able to instill confidence in others. Doing this requires personal self confidence, and self confidence requires a decision. First, decide to be a confident person. Second, act confident in order to help other people feel confident in you and your abilities.
Decide to be Confident
There is an appropriate level of self confidence for every situation, and the trick is knowing what that level is. Competent people know exactly what they are doing, and use their personal self confidence to show their competence to others. Their level of confidence should be appropriate to the situation and appropriate to their occupation. The ability to show confidence and inspire others requires communication skills. [Read more…]
from ‘Professional Attributes – Making the Most of Your Career, Your Business, and Your Life’
Formal credentials are necessary to work in many occupations, and one type of formal credentials are degrees and diplomas. Thousands of universities and colleges grant degrees and diplomas in hundreds of disciplines. Some colleges have good reputations and others do not. Some degrees are valuable and useful, while others have little practical value. Public and private universities, colleges, technical schools, and trade schools compete for students, government funding, private funding, and job placements. [Read more…]
I just attended the annual TWI Summit in Savannah Georgia – as always a great event, one of the best conferences I’ve ever been to (this is my 4th time). A lot of useful information passes hands at this event – the TWI community has to be one of the most open and collaborative groups I’ve ever been a part of.
In the past, the Summit has really been about the nuts and bolts of the TWI J-programs, but I’ve noticed an emerging trend, which is exemplified in what I drew as my highlights from this year’s summit: [Read more…]
It’s no secret that we’re heavily committed to apprenticeship, and we’re very happy to see the increased visibility being given to this traditional process for transferring skills and knowledge – it’s about time!
In 2009 we did some research for the Council for Automotive Human Resources on innovative practices in apprenticeship in order to develop an improved model for smaller manufacturers in that industry. The result is available here. Sadly, CAHR (like many of the Sector Councils) is no longer active, but we were approached late last year to re-visit the research and write a new paper that examines apprenticeship as a fundamental component of a national industrial strategy. [Read more…]