Deliver technical training through flexible scheduling and use of innovative tools to attract apprentices and encourage program completion.
• By increasing the hours taught each day, the College of New Caledonia has shortened each level of Machinist technical training from six weeks to five weeks. Although students are in class for longer each day, they finish their program one week sooner. This approach helps to attract students to the Machinist apprenticeship program, particularly students coming from other areas of the province, and companies are pleased that their apprentices can be back at work a week earlier.
• Northern Lights College delivers Welder training to all three levels in one class. This enables a smaller group of apprentices to progress towards certification.
• BC Hydro partnered with the College of New Caledonia (CNC), a BC Hydro educational partner, to provide the online Electric Utility Fundamentals course to students in the Power Line Technician, Millwright and Machinist programs. This course supplements the theory required to understand and explain the systems that generate and deliver electrical power. Apprentices have access to a CNC tutor to help with course-related questions.
• CCT Controls developed an on-site training centre to supplement the technical training their apprentices receive. This training develops apprentices into specialized tradespeople to meet the needs of CCT’s customers. CCT also established a competency measurement tool for Construction Electrician and Instrumentation and Control Technician apprentices. This tool, which builds practical skill sets essential for CCT’s specialized work and equipment, also allows CCT to track and document progress and fill in training gaps.
Increase the availability of resources through innovative partnerships between institutions, training providers, industry, employers, charities and communities.
• Northern Lights College has integrated a practicum placement into their Foundation program. The practicum is supervised and evaluated by faculty at Northern Lights College and by the employer. In order to begin a practicum, students must complete or show current valid certification for safety courses such as Occupational First Aid, WHMIS and H2S Alive. Practicum length varies by trade from 40 to 160 hours. Students must keep a detailed written report or logbook of their work, and submit it to the instructor upon completion of the practicum.
• Through a partnership with Northern Lights College, Okanagan College was able to bring Aircraft Maintenance Training to the Okanagan region. Northern Lights College delivers the first 48 weeks of this 62-week program at the Okanagan College Aerospace Campus in Vernon, with the remaining 14 weeks taking place at Northern Lights College in Dawson Creek. Graduates are granted a diploma in Aircraft Maintenance Engineering from Northern Lights College. Okanagan College invested approximately $300,000 to construct the Aerospace Campus, and continues to supply student recruiting and administration. Northern Lights College contributes their Transport Canada Approved program along with curriculum and staff. Vernon students have a guaranteed housing at the Northern Lights College apartment complex on campus.
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 Northeast BC. You can read this region's innovation inventory report here.