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Benchmarking of Red Seal Trades - Year Two

Canadian Language Benchmarking of the Red Seal Trades

Project Description

The Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks is leading a national team with considerable expertise in the language benchmarking of occupations and technical training programs and the development of Occupational Language Analysis, with the main goal of measuring and assessing the language competency levels needed for English as a second Language (ESL) and French as a Second Language (FSL), in order to work in the Red Seal Trades. 

This work has involved working with the department of Human Resources and Social Development Canada (HRSDC), the Canadian Council of Directors of Apprenticeship (CCDA) and related committees, with trades training providers, and with employers in various regions who permitted researchers to interview, observe, and analyse their workplaces.

This work will be carried out over 2 years which began in 2007-2008, and continuing in 2008-2009.

Key objectives for 2008

  • To finish benchmarking 10 Red Seal Trades for occupations identified by the advisory committee resulting in:
    • reports on the CLB levels necessary to work in those Red Seal trades
    • reports on the CLB levels necessary to write the Red Seal Exams
    • a feasibility study into the CLB levels necessary for success in technical training in one occupation
  • To complete Occupational Language Analyses (OLAs) in both official languages, based on language benchmarking analysis of Essential Skill Profiles (ESP) and National Occupational Analyses (NOA) for each Red Seal Trade

Funding provided by Service Canada.