Today as part of Apprenticeship Recognition Week, the Province announced Vancouver Community College will receive over $16,400 for an innovation pilot that will improve training outcomes and employability for apprentices.
The goal of the Vancouver Community College innovation pilot is to reduce apprentices’ time away from work from two weeks to two days, which had previously been preventing many apprentices from attending training.
In 2015, the ITA held regional innovation forums and a provincial conference to bring training providers and industry together to discuss ways to promote more innovation in B.C.’s trades training system.
This year the ITA invited B.C.’s 14 post-secondary institutions and 24 non-public training providers that receive annual ITA funding to submit innovation pilot proposals.
The purpose of the innovation pilots is to test and evaluate novel methods of delivering trades training programs that result in better outcomes for apprentices and their employer sponsors.
Through the pilots, the ITA will promote new ways of delivering training programs to enhance apprentices’ training experiences and enable them to be more effective on the job and better meet industry’s needs.
Innovation pilots are designed to address one or more of the following four outcomes identified by industry:
- Provide more flexible training that enables employers to keep apprentices at work longer, and allow apprentices to maximize their earning potential.
- Improve employability and sponsorship out of Foundation programs.
- Increase access to training for rural and under-represented groups.
- Improve alignment of technical training to the needs of apprentices and sponsors.
Additional pilots will be announced as part of Apprenticeship Recognition Week.
In response to the objectives outlined in B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint and the McDonald Report, the B.C. government has worked in partnership with the ITA to begin building a demand-driven trades training system with funding aligned to specific in-demand trades.
The provincial government invests more than $94 million annually in industry training through the ITA. The ITA leads and co-ordinates British Columbia’s skilled trades system by working with employers, employees, industry, labour, training providers and government to issue credentials, manage apprenticeships, set program standards and increase opportunities in the trades.
Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism, Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour –
“Finding new and innovative methods of delivering trades training are essential as we constantly look to improve outcomes and employability of apprentices. The innovation pilot at the Vancouver Community College shows the kind of approach that B.C. needs to remain a leader in education and training.”
Gary Herman, CEO, Industry Training Authority –
“Our goal is to provide world-class apprenticeships for British Columbians and the innovation pilots put the trades training in this province ahead of the curve in a very unique way. We are excited to launch these pilots and anticipate great results and ideas, which we will build upon in the future to ensure that B.C.’s trades training is responsive and relevant to the changing needs of industry.”
Peter Nunoda, president and CEO, Vancouver Community College –
“At VCC we pride ourselves on being flexible and cutting edge. It is our aim to support the needs of both our students and industry partners while providing the best training possible for our apprenticeship programs. We thank the Industry Training Authority and the provincial government for the resources to deliver this important pilot program.”
- ITA provides more than 100 apprenticeship training programs in B.C., including 50 Red Seal trades.
- There are currently more than 39,000 registered apprentices in the industry training system (including youth) – more than double the 14,676 apprentices registered when ITA was created in 2004.
- B.C. is expecting up to one million job openings by 2025 due to retirements and economic growth.
- Eight of every 10 of these job openings will require post-secondary education or trades training.
Industry Training Authority: http://www.itabc.ca/
B.C.'s Skills for Jobs Blueprint: https://www.workbc.ca/Training-Education/B-C-s-Skills-for-Jobs-Blueprint.aspx
B.C. Labour Market Outlook: https://www.workbc.ca/Labour-Market-Industry/B-C-s-Economy/Reports.aspx
ITA Innovation Profiles: http://www.itabc.ca/innovation-trades