Our New Role
A booming economy is on its way. There are expected to be over one million job openings in BC by 2020 and an estimated 430,000 (43 per cent) of these will be in trades and technology occupations.
On April 29, 2014 the BC government made public the ITA mandate review report as part of a larger initiative--B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint--which is to develop a skilled workforce that is ready to meet the challenges of our expanding industry. Read the Transition Plan Overview.
- Launch LNG Action Plan: ITA is working in consultation with industry on an Action Plan for Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) trades training that aligns with regional and sectoral demands. The LNG Action Plan will be released in August 2014.
- Re-Align Training Investment: ITA is working with government to develop and establish a transparent process for making training investment decisions aligned with labour market demand targets.
- Transform Industry Relations: ITA has introduced a broader industry engagement approach to ensure alignment of BC’s training system with industry demand.
- Enhance ITA Capability: Functions carried out by the Industry Training Organizations (ITOs) will be transferred into ITA with minimal impact on industry by October 31, 2014. ITA will have 15 Apprenticeship Advisors, including five Aboriginal subject matter experts, by December 31, 2014 (see update about Apprenticeship Advisor hires). ITA will also ensure that it has the capability needed to deliver on other government expectations.
The Premier, in her June 2013 Mandate Letter to the Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training (JTST) directed the Minister to conduct a review of the role and function of the Industry Training Authority (ITA), the Crown agency responsible for oversight of the industry training system for credentialed trades. This review was initiated on September 5, 2013. It examined the current mandate of the ITA, including governance, roles and responsibilities, the outcomes achieved to date, and the relationships and interactions with its key system partners. This report shares observations and provides recommendations to the Minister that will lead to improved outcomes of the industry training system.