For key findings, see BC Student Outcomes - The Highlights, located on our Publications page.
Apprenticeship has a long history as a means of training the next generation of skilled trades people. In the face of looming skills shortages, effective apprenticeship training is more important than ever. The annual Apprenticeship Student Outcomes Survey provides valuable information to those who plan and deliver apprenticeship training.
The 2012 Apprenticeship Student Outcomes (APPSO) Survey targeted former students who completed the final year of their apprenticeship training in a B.C. post-secondary institution between July 1, 2010 and June 30, 2011. From January to April 2012, 3,701 former students from 37 post-secondary or training institutions (14 public and 23 private) completed the survey, by telephone or online. The overall response rate was 55 percent.
2011 APPSO Summary Report of Findings
The 2011 Apprenticeship Student Outcomes (APPSO) Survey targeted former students who completed the final year of their apprenticeship training in a B.C. post-secondary institution between July 1, 2009 and June 30, 2010. From January to April 2011, 3,599 former students from 38 post-secondary or training institutions (14 public and 24 private) completed the survey, by telephone or online. The response rate was 55 percent.
2010 Apprenticeship Student Outcomes (APPSO) Survey was conducted with
former students who completed the final year of their apprenticeship
training in a B.C. post-secondary institution between July 1, 2008 and
June 30, 2009. Approximately six months later, from January to April of
2010, 2,750 former students from 29 institutions (14 public and 15
private) participated in survey telephone interviews—the gross response
rate was 56 percent.
This is the report of findings from the fifth annual survey of former apprentices who trained in public or private institutions in British Columbia. The 2009 Apprenticeship Student Outcomes Survey was conducted with 2,099 former students out of 3,568 who were eligible for the survey, resulting in a response rate of 59 percent.
The annual apprenticeship survey provides information to post-secondary institutions, the ministry responsible for post-secondary research, and the Industry Training Authority (ITA) to help them improve the apprenticeship training that is offered. The 2008 Apprenticeship Student Outcomes Survey is the fourth annual survey of former apprentices and the largest to date. The survey asked 1,680 former students about their labour force participation, their satisfaction with their training, and the usefulness of the knowledge and skills they gained.
The 2007 Apprenticeship Survey: Summary Report presents the findings from the third annual Graduate Follow-up Survey of Apprenticeship Students from BC Public and Private Post-Secondary Institutions. Former students from 14 public and 11 private institutions participated in the 2007 survey, answering questions on their post-training employment, their satisfaction with their training, and the usefulness of the knowledge and skills they gained. The information they provided will be used to improve the quality of training, to meet accountability requirements, to help with policy development, and to inform prospective students.
The 2006 Graduate Follow-up Survey of Apprenticeship Students is the second annual survey of former apprenticeship students. This year's survey included all former apprenticeship students who completed their training at a BC post-secondary institution between July 1, 2004 and June 30, 2005. Twenty-five institutions participated in this project: 14 public and 11 private. Questions in the survey included the following:
- How do former students rate their in-school and work-place training experiences?
- What are students doing after they complete their apprenticeship programs?
- How useful were the knowledge and skills they gained from their training?
- What do former students think will improve apprenticeship training?
The 2005 Graduate Follow-up Survey of Apprenticeship Students was a pilot project undertaken by the Ministry of Advanced Education, the Industry Training Authority, and post-secondary institutions (13 public and 9 private). The pilot survey targeted those who completed their apprenticeship technical training programs in a BC post-secondary institution in 2003 or 2004. Of the 2,342 former apprenticeship students identified as eligible for the survey, 1,156 completed the telephone interview in February or March of 2005.
The former apprenticeship students who were surveyed were asked about any previous training they had (especially ELTT), their current employment, and how helpful their apprenticeship program had been. They rated the quality and other aspects of their technical training and of their workplace experience. They also made suggestions for improving both the in-school and workplace training. The report presents a summary of the findings from the survey.