Survey Purpose

CUPE, other support staff unions, and BCPSEA are jointly launching this survey with a view to soliciting input to help define priorities for, and interest in, support staff training and upgrading. This survey will help inform the work of the Support Staff Education Committee (SSEC), which was struck as per item 6 of the Provincial Framework Agreement.
 
This survey is also asking a number of questions that do not necessarily fall under the mandate of the SSEC, but which will provide the parties with a comprehensive view of the state of training in the sector (e.g. existing training, interest in training, barriers to training, potential skills gaps, etc.). As such, data gathered from the survey may be used in other ways that further the development of training in the K-12 sector, such as in discussions between local unions, school districts, and the provincial government.
 
During the context of the COVID-19 /SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, we realize that the way training takes place will likely be quite different than usual. Unless otherwise stated, we are seeking information about your preferences and opinions with respect to how training did or should take place normally, i.e. either before the pandemic, or once the pandemic is over. However, given the significance and uncertainty surrounding the pandemic, we do ask about your preference for the delivery of training with respect to COVID-19 /SARS-CoV-2, but this will be clearly indicated.
 
This survey is voluntary, and you may skip questions you do not wish to answer. While the aggregate results of this survey may be shared in the ways noted above, your individual responses are completely anonymous. 
 
If you have any questions about this survey please contact your local union.

We anticipate that the survey will take approximately 20 to 30 minutes to complete.

Please complete the survey by February 8, 2021.
 
Thank you! Your time is much appreciated.

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* 3. Please tell us how long you have been working as a K-12 support staff worker in total, (including your current position and any other positions you may have held).

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* 5. What is your gender?

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* 6. Do you consider yourself any of the following? (Please check all that apply)

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* 7. In the last 5 years, have you taken part in training related to your job that was provided by your employer, while being employed in the public school system?

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* 8. If you answered yes to the above question, how satisfied are you generally with training you have received? 

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* 9. Do you feel you have a need for new or additional training related to the work you perform in the public school system, or to other challenges you face with your job?

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* 10. If you feel you are or might be in need of training, which of the following statements describe the situation(s) you currently face? (Please check all options that apply to you)

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* 11. During the period of the COVID-19 pandemic, what do you think is the best way for training to be offered?

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* 12. If COVID-19 is not a factor, which method of training do you think is best? (e.g. if the pandemic is over)

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* 13. If multiple training sessions are required to complete a training option, do you think it is better for training sessions to be consecutive or periodic?

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* 14. Do you have ECE (Early Childhood Education) training?

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* 15. Do you have certification as an ECE worker? 

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* 16. Do you have an interest in performing early childhood education / childcare work?

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* 17. If you are an EA (or related position) and you do not have ECE training, is this something you would like to receive for the purposes of working as an ECE in addition to working as an EA (e.g. working as an ECE in before or after school care, in additional your normal EA hours)?

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* 18. I would like training that would allow me to perform a different job in K-12.

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* 19. If you answered yes to the above question, what job would you like to train for? (Please only answer with respect to jobs within the K-12 sector. Please keep your answer to under 250 characters). 

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* 20. Do you find that the training that is offered on Pro-D days is usually relevant and useful to the work that you do?

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* 21. When the training that is offered on Pro-D days is of interest to you, are you always or usually able to access it? (Check all that apply)

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* 22. Have you ever been unable to take part in training because no one was available to cover your shift?

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* 23. Have you found that your access to training is often limited because of the region of the province you live in? (e.g. training is not offered in your region, or programs in your region are often full, etc.)

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* 24. Do you have student debt as a result of training you undertook to get your current K-12 job?

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* 25. Would having a centralized portal or website with information on previous training, such as training manuals, quick reference guides and tips be useful to you?

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* 26. Please tell us how important the role of mentorship is in training to do the work you do in K-12. (i.e. learning from colleagues with more experience)

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* 27. If mentorship plays an important role in learning to do your work, were / are you given enough time to learn from a mentor, or to be a mentor to others?

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