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Designing Curriculum to Close the Skills gap

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This new program is a three day hands-on workshop that will help seasoned and new professionals improve the development, delivery, and evaluation of learning by providing a proven process to incorporate into their apprenticeship program. Upon completion, participants will understand and be able to apply a systematic approach—based on the DACUM (Developing a Curriculum) Model—to deliver a more impactful apprenticeship program.


  • The New Workforce and Skills Gap
  • Challenges Facing Apprenticeship Programs
  • Systems and Change
  • Human Performance Gaps
  • Why Traditional Training Often Fails
  • DACUM Rationale and History
  • Occupational Analysis
  • Skill Sequencing and Structuring
  • Basics of Adult Learning Theory
  • MBTI
  • Learning Module Development
  • Selecting and Developing Learning Materials
  • On-the-Job Skill Development and Certification

Benefits of Attending

  • Learn how to improve apprenticeship program performance with greater learner efficiency, effectiveness, and engagement
  • Gain a foundation in analysis to ensure your training initiatives are aligned and have the impact you and your program expect
  • Collect data from subject matter experts to identify competencies and skills that will enable the achievement of program goals
  • Build a curriculum road map that will prepare your program for success today and in the future.

Who should attend

The program is designed specifically to the needs and interests of stakeholders involved in apprenticeship training and education funds in both the United States and Canada:

  • Training Directors/Coordinators
  • Instructors/Instructional Designers
  • Educators from Community and Technical Colleges
  • Trustees/Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (JATC) members who work with curriculum

This program may be of special interest to small or medium sized training funds with limited resources who are seeking a do-it-yourself approach to upgrading their curriculum.


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Dr. Luke Steinke is a Professor in the Lumpkin College of Business & Technology at Eastern Illinois University. Dr. Steinke holds a PhD in Workforce Education and Development from Southern Illinois University, a Master's degree in Training, Development, and Performance Improvement and a Bache...
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