American Society of Civil Engineers


Measuring Apprentice Effectiveness in an Industrial Construction Setting


by Aminah Robinson Fayek, Ph.D., P.Eng., A.M.ASCE, (Associate Professor, University of Alberta, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, 220 Civil/Electrical Engineering Building, Edmonton, AB, T6G 2G7, Canada), Ayo Oduba, (Research Assistant, University of Alberta, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, 220 Civil/Electrical Engineering Building, Edmonton, AB, T6G 2G7, Canada), and Ahmed Shaheen, (Research Assistant, University of Alberta, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, 220 Civil/Electrical Engineering Building, Edmonton, AB, T6G 2G7, Canada)
Section: Workforce Development, pp. 1-7, (doi:  http://dx.doi.org/10.1061/40671(2003)7)

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Document type: Conference Proceeding Paper
Part of: Construction Research Congress: Wind of Change: Integration and Innovation
Abstract: The industrial construction sector in Alberta is facing a period of rapid growth and, consequently, shortages of skilled workers in many trades. A low rate of apprentice utilization in the industrial sector, combined with an aging construction workforce, makes labour force training and renewal a significant issue. In an effort to address this issue, the Construction Owners Association of Alberta (COAA) has established a goal of developing an industry Best Practice on how to improve the on-the-job portion of apprenticeship training. This paper presents an overview of the research methodology and key findings of a pilot study that was conducted to help identify the most effective level of apprentice utilization in an industrial context. The COAA’s recommendations based on this study for an industry Best Practice on the effective utilization of apprentices are presented.


ASCE Subject Headings:
Construction industry
Training
Productivity