Edition: B.C.'s Skills for Jobs Blueprint eNewsletter: June 17 Update
Did you know the Industry Training Authority (ITA) leads and coordinates British Columbia’s skilled trades system? ITA works with employers, employees, industry, labour, training providers and government to issue credentials, manage apprenticeships, set program standards, and increase opportunities in the trades. Here are some of the ITA's recent success stories.
Meet Jordan, a young Aboriginal woman who now holds her Red Seal in Welding after participating in the Women in Trades Training program with instruction from UAPIC. "At UAPICBC, I discovered that I was meant to be a welder," says Jordan. The encouragement, skills, and training she received have given her the confidence to "go anywhere and be successful." WATCH THE VIDEO
Meet Abinder, he moved to British Columbia with his wife and two daughters to pursue better opportunities for his family. With the help of the ITA Immigrants in Trades Training initiative, Abinder received personalized support, mentorship and financial assistance to pay for the courses he needed in order to learn about the Canadian Electrical Code and challenge the Red Seal. WATCH THE VIDEO
Meet Devin, a heavy equipment operator who graduated from the Aboriginal Skills Group program in 2009. ITA Aboriginal Initiatives provides funding support for skills training for Aboriginal people to enter and advance in the trades. "I run everything," Devin says, "dozer, rock truck, excavator, packer. It was nice that I got a ticket in my hometown, on my reserve. I think it's a really good thing for me to work in my community." WATCH THE VIDEO