Québec City, March 14, 2018. – In order to ensure a better balance between vocational training and the needs of the labour market, 14 new workplace education projects will be offered in September 2018. Pilot part-time training projects will also be implemented starting this year.
Sébastien Proulx, Minister of Education, Recreation and Sports and Minister responsible for the Capitale-Nationale region, made the announcement today.
An additional investment of $1.28 million will enable students in vocational training to benefit from practical experience, making up as much as 50% of their training time, thanks to partnerships established with businesses. These new projects will raise the number of workplace learning trials for vocational training to 26.
In the Capitale-Nationale region, two new workplace learning projects will be offered by the Commission scolaire des Premières-Seigneuries:
- Personal assistance in institutions and at home;
- Advising and sale of motorized equipment.
An amount of $2.5 million will also be invested to financially support school boards and subsidized private learning establishments, which will then be able to accept part-time students in vocational training courses based on pilot projects. This amount will make access to vocational training easier, especially for people with restrictions preventing them from being a student full time. School boards will be invited to submit proposals to admit students for part-time training soon.
We have been working tirelessly to create the best learning conditions possible for vocational training students so that we can offer them real-world experience adapted to the needs of businesses. The addition of new workplace learning projects will enable them to develop their skills in a workplace. Also, with the call for proposals to admit students for part-time training, we are taking tangible action to promote good work-study-family balance while meeting the needs of the labour market in a more flexible manner.
– Sébastien Proulx, Minister of Education, Recreation and Sports and Minister responsible for the Capitale-Nationale region
- These investments result from the work done during the Rendez-vous national de la main-d’œuvre of February 2017 and the discussion meetings on vocational training on February 5 and 6, 2018.
- The 14 workplace learning projects were selected following a call for proposals by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education in summer 2017.
- Finally, the 2017–2018 Quebec Budget provides for $36.5 million in support over five years to give people better access to part-time vocational and technical training.