Introduction of training models that break down barriers to accessing trades training by bringing training opportunities to apprentices in remote areas across BC.
• Selkirk College transported equipment from their Nelson campus to two smaller communities to deliver Carpentry ACE IT and Foundation programs. One program, delivered in Nakusp, was made possible by a partnership with School District 10 and the Village of Nakusp, with partial funding from BC Hydro. Training was delivered at the Selkirk College site, the secondary school, and in an adjacent parking lot and field. A second program was delivered at a secondary school in Grand Forks with School District 56.
Increase the availability of resources through innovative partnerships between institutions, training providers, industry, employers, charities and communities.
• In partnership with training providers (Thompson Rivers University, Selkirk College and School District 67), the Southern Interior Construction Association offers pre-trades training throughout the Southern Interior. The 19-week industry-driven program exposes students to Carpentry, Electrical and Plumbing, reflecting the skills that employers are seeking. Training consists of 50 percent theory and 50 percent hands-on projects. As part of the program, students are matched with an employer for a practicum placement that could potentially lead to employment.
In 2014–15, ITA and government collected almost 100 examples of innovative practices already in use in the BC trades training system, all of which help to improve trades training outcomes. There is substantive work underway in all regions of the province to improve trades training outcomes in the areas of partnerships, regional access, flexible delivery, and student supports. Below are a few examples of these innovative practices taking place in Southeast BC. You can read this region's innovation inventory report here.