Quebec wants to promote the part-time vocational education

News 14 March, 2018
  • Daphnée Dion-Viens

    Wednesday, march 14, 2018 14:05

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    Quebec launches pilot projects to promote access to part-time vocational education, but the initiative is judged to be “totally inadequate” by the Centrale des syndicats du Québec.

    The government Couillard announced Wednesday that $ 2.5 million would be used to encourage school boards to accommodate more part-time pupils in vocational training, in the framework of pilot projects. During days of reflection that took place at the beginning of the month of February, several participants called for more flexibility to facilitate access to this specialized training.

    However, the amount announced by Quebec is much maligned by the Centrale des syndicats du Québec (CSQ). “Those are crumbs! The announcement today is totally inadequate, especially coming from a government that says it wants to address the scarcity of labour, denounced by press release Louise Chabot, president, CSQ. “We’re no longer at the time of the pilot projects. We claim for several years to allow part-time attendance in vocational training”, she continued.

    To get there, changes must be made to the educational regime, and the funding must be “adjusted accordingly”, according to the CSQ.

    In-company training

    Quebec is also pursuing the deployment of the in-company training, on the German model, adding 14 new routes, for a total of 26. This formula provides that up to 50 % of the learning takes place in the workplace.

    In the Quebec city region, this formula will be offered by the Commission scolaire des Premieres-Seigneuries in the training board, and sales of pieces of motorized equipment or assistance to the person in the institution and at home.

    The minister of Education, Sébastien Proulx, has already indicated that he wants to make vocational training more attractive to address the shortage of labour in Quebec, which cause headaches to many employers.