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Essential Skills Services for Construction

Mentorship Matters

mentor_matters_logo_greenMentorship is emerging as one of the most critical elements in workforce development in the trades and technical sector. According to BuildForce Canada’s construction sector forecast for 2015 – 2024, the industry is estimated to lose 250,000 skilled tradespeople to retirements over the next decade leading to skilled labour challenges – at unprecedented levels. While this situation presents advancement opportunities for younger workers, it gives rise to increasing demand for rapid skills development.


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Practical skills development on the jobsite has been in existence since apprenticeship first began, but with the numbers of younger, less experienced workers increasing as a percentage of the workforce, the need to incorporate industry best practices in to on the job skills development has never been greater. Capturing the very best in productivity and safety practices, and passing those skills on to new workers, is job one.

It is in response to this critical need that the Mentorship Matters programs have arisen. The goal of these training sessions is to maximize effectiveness of communication and skill transfer between the new worker, and the mentor.


The program is divided in to two separate courses. The first is targeted at the mentee or trainee. The skills learned in this course will enable the mentee to gain the most from verbal and practical instruction from the mentor with whom they are paired, with such skills as clear and collaborative communication, and taking the lead in goal setting for their learning.

The second course is targeted at the mentor. Here efficient skills transfer, including techniques for demonstrating, evaluating and providing feedback, will be targeted.


1. Communication

This workshop provides beginner apprentices with the skills and strategies for being successful both within technical training and on the jobsite. Apprentices will:

  • learn effective communication strategies to maximize their learning opportunities
  • identify various learning styles and associated strategies
  • understand and implement goal setting techniques to enhance training
  • Duration: 3.5 hrs

2. Mentorship

This workshop provides late term apprentices, journeyworkers, mid-level adminstration and owners with leadership skills and strategies for mentoring workers on the jobsite. Participants will:

  • learn about their responsibilities as a mentor and leader on-the-job
  • improve skills transference and productivity of apprentices and new workers while maintaining a safe working environment
  • learn the six-step approach for teaching skills that includes techniques for demonstrating, evaluating and providing feedback for the worker learning new skills
  • learn how to create a safe environment for the mentee to practice their skills
  • Duration: 3.5 hrs

Note: Workshop participants will be grouped according to their background (late term apprentices, journeyworkers, mid-level adminstration or owners group).


Contact Us

Email: pdavis@ejtc.org or kdownie@skillplan.ca
Twitter: @Mentor_Matters

Contact us to learn more about this exciting, industry leading, new course offering, Mentorship Matters. We would be glad to discuss various delivery options with you. We desire to assist you in building “critical mass” within your organization with regard to best Mentorship Practices, so that the greatest effectiveness can be achieved.


Mentoring Videos

Mentorship Alliance shows the powerful impact of mentoring relationships in the skilled trades:

Interview with Andy Cleven of EJTC, and Kyle Downie of SkillPlan

The following mentorship videos are excerpts from SkillPlan’s Six Steps to Mentoring DVD:

What Makes a Good Mentor?

The Six Steps