Module 1:
Toolkit Orientation

Not everyone becomes an apprentice immediately after leaving high school. As a result, you may have forgotten some of the skills you learned in high school, like how to convert millimetres to metres or write a report. Or, if you’re like most people, you may have some gaps in your learning. It’s possible that there are some skills you simply did not learn while you were in high school – skills you will now need when you attend your in-school apprenticeship training.  Most likely, you’ll complete your in-school training at a college. Our goal in putting together this Prior Learning Toolkit was to give you some insight into areas where those who have gone before you have struggled.

We invite you to use the Check Your Learning Tool. The purpose of the Check Your Learning Tool is to help you identify areas of the Toolkit that may be of use to you. You may not need any of the resources in this toolkit, you may need just a few, or you may benefit from quite a few supports. By targeting specific areas of learning that will be important to your success in college-level programming, you will be as prepared as possible for success. 

We invite you to learn how you learn best and to identify strategies that are unique to you when it comes to learning. Going back to school as an adult is very different from going to high school as a teenager. You may have more to manage, plan for and accommodate now than you did in the past. Learning how to study effectively is important and can help you reduce the anxiety that a lot of people feel around going back to school.

This Prior 2 School Toolkit also looks at some specific content areas of the Horticulture Technician 441C Apprenticeship Program that can pose challenges for many apprentices. We’ve divided the topics into modules:

This toolkit is one of many layers of support that Landscape Ontario is building to support those who are on the Horticultural Technician pathway. If you need more assistance than this toolkit provides, there are more free supports available through Literacy and Basic Skills programs across Ontario.

You may see that some material is repeated in more than one module of the Toolkit. We’ve done this on purpose as we suspect that most people won’t use every module in the Toolkit. Instead, it’s more likely that you will pick and choose those modules that are most important to you and which the Check Your Learning Tool refers you to.


This Toolkit has a lot of information to support people who are returning to learning. We suggest you start with the Module called Learn More About Yourself as a Learner

If you haven’t already done so, the next step we suggest is to use the Check Your Learning Tool. The purpose of this tool is to help you identify specific areas of learning that may be of value to you in helping you prepare to return to learning. The tool may suggest one area, or it may suggest several. The next two modules after Learning More About Yourself as a Learner are:

You may or may not feel you need these modules, but we’ve included them closer to the beginning of the Toolkit because the more you know about yourself, what you need to succeed and how you study best, the better you’ll be able to take advantage of the other modules in the Toolkit.

You can work on these modules at your own pace. There is no need to complete an entire module in one sitting. As an adult, you are likely juggling a few things as well as a return to learning!

Note: Many of the modules contain learning activities. Some of the activities have specific answers. For others, the answers will vary. Where applicable, there is an Answer Key at the end of each module.