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Volume 5 | Issue 4 | Winter 2019

Minister's Message

Hon. Melanie Mark Hli Haykwhl Ẃii Xsgaak, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training

Happy New Year, year of the pig – we have a lot to celebrate! In 2018, BC’s economy continued to grow, and demand for skilled tradespeople remained high. Our government is committed to building a workforce for the future by ensuring that everyone can take part in a thriving economy. That means supporting apprentices, who work with their heads, hearts and hands every day to build BC – building, for example its roads, its homes, and its world-class culinary scene.

To make sure apprentices get the best education possible, in 2018 we opened seven new trades training

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Happy New Year, year of the pig – we have a lot to celebrate! In 2018, BC’s economy continued to grow, and demand for skilled tradespeople remained high. Our government is committed to building a workforce for the future by ensuring that everyone can take part in a thriving economy. That means supporting apprentices, who work with their heads, hearts and hands every day to build BC – building, for example its roads, its homes, and its world-class culinary scene.

To make sure apprentices get the best education possible, in 2018 we opened seven new trades training facilities throughout BC. We provided public post-secondary institutions $3 million to buy updated equipment, keeping hands-on learning in the trades up-to-date, and ensuring apprentices have 21st century skills for 21st century jobs. To ensure employers have the future skilled workforce they need, we committed to promoting local hiring, providing training and employment opportunities to those underrepresented in the trades, like women and Indigenous peoples, on key government projects. And we invested $1.8 million in initiatives like employer training and outreach and mentoring to make worksites more welcoming and inclusive for women, and encourage all British Columbians to access opportunities in the trades.

We have challenges ahead in 2019. This is inevitable. While we have enough seats to train the apprentices in our growing economy, we know that there will be shortages in some trades. We need to encourage more young people to pursue trades careers – careers that are rewarding, and family supporting. We need to support apprentices to improve completion rates and encourage more employers to sponsor apprentices. We look forward to working with ITA, Indigenous communities, industry and all the apprentices whose hard work and creativity is helping build the best BC

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CEO Message

Celebrating the Learner – the Hard Work and Dedication of Our Apprentices

Apprentices are the future of trades in BC. From building roads safe for travel to maintaining the power and heat in our homes throughout the cold winter months, we rely on the hard work and dedication of apprentices every single day. We are grateful for the thousands of apprentices who help build and maintain our thriving communities.

This past November, we celebrated the fourth annual Apprenticeship Recognition Week in BC. To coincide with this exciting week, we announced $1.3

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Celebrating the Learner – the Hard Work and Dedication of Our Apprentices

Apprentices are the future of trades in BC. From building roads safe for travel to maintaining the power and heat in our homes throughout the cold winter months, we rely on the hard work and dedication of apprentices every single day. We are grateful for the thousands of apprentices who help build and maintain our thriving communities.

This past November, we celebrated the fourth annual Apprenticeship Recognition Week in BC. To coincide with this exciting week, we announced $1.3 million of funding in 2018/19 to be distributed among 49 school districts across the province to support ITA Youth Work in Trades Programs. In addition, we held regional “Talking Trades” events, where local Apprenticeship Advisors and skilled trades Champions were invited into ITA Youth Work in Trades Program classrooms to speak about the important role apprentices play in BC. As part of the celebration, we also held a social media contest to hear directly from apprentices across the province: “Why do you value a career in BC’s skilled trades?” We were impressed by the number of inspiring messages from apprentices that we received.

To the more than 35,000 apprentices, 5,000-plus ITA Youth Trades Program participants and over 4,000 trades foundation students in BC, we thank you and acknowledge your important contributions. We take our hats off to you!

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In The News

Darian Dallmann, Construction Electrician, presents to a group of ITA Youth Work in Trades students at “Talking Trades” held at BCIT Kelowna.

“Talking Trades” Across the Province in Celebration of Apprenticeship Recognition Week

To celebrate the fourth annual Apprenticeship Recognition Week (November 4-10, 2018), ITA held “Talking Trades” events in Terrace, Kelowna and Victoria. This first-time initiative invited local Apprenticeship Advisors and skilled trades Champions into ITA Youth Work in Trades Program classrooms to speak with students and educators about the importance of apprenticeship and trades training in BC. Trades Champions spoke candidly about their personal experiences and the value of a career in trades, with the goal to motivate

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“Talking Trades” Across the Province in Celebration of Apprenticeship Recognition Week

To celebrate the fourth annual Apprenticeship Recognition Week (November 4-10, 2018), ITA held “Talking Trades” events in Terrace, Kelowna and Victoria. This first-time initiative invited local Apprenticeship Advisors and skilled trades Champions into ITA Youth Work in Trades Program classrooms to speak with students and educators about the importance of apprenticeship and trades training in BC. Trades Champions spoke candidly about their personal experiences and the value of a career in trades, with the goal to motivate students to continue their pursuit of a career in skilled trades. A few of these Champions are profiled here

[Terrace] Ryan Praticante is constantly learning on and off the field – whether in his profession as an Automotive Collision Repair Technician or as a baseball coach. His advice to future tradespeople: “They are called skilled trades for a reason. There is a learning curve no matter the trade, but at the end of the day, it is so fulfilling.”

[Kelowna] Darian Dallmann loves looking back at her work as a Construction Electrician and thinking: “I made this happen, I did that.” She has been working in her trade for seven years now and hopes to open her own electrical business one day.

[Victoria] Every day while in high school, Ryan Broughton’s brother would come home from the metal, woodworking, mechanics and electrical classes he was taking and tell Ryan all about the great stuff he was learning. Ryan was so inspired that he decided to pursue a career as an Electrician

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Indigenous Peoples in Trades Training

MOU Signings with Indigenous Communities

Since February 2018, ITA’s Director of Indigenous Relations, Michael Cameron, has been touring the province to learn about the apprenticeship needs of BC’s Indigenous communities. To further strengthen relationships between ITA and BC’s Indigenous communities and to remove barriers to participation in trades for Indigenous apprentices, ITA and some Indigenous partners have jointly created and entered into Memorandums of Understanding (MOU). So far, Musqueam Indian Band, North Vancouver Island Aboriginal Training Society and Nuxalk Nation have signed MOUs and many

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MOU Signings with Indigenous Communities

Since February 2018, ITA’s Director of Indigenous Relations, Michael Cameron, has been touring the province to learn about the apprenticeship needs of BC’s Indigenous communities. To further strengthen relationships between ITA and BC’s Indigenous communities and to remove barriers to participation in trades for Indigenous apprentices, ITA and some Indigenous partners have jointly created and entered into Memorandums of Understanding (MOU). So far, Musqueam Indian Band, North Vancouver Island Aboriginal Training Society and Nuxalk Nation have signed MOUs and many others are underway. These MOUs will benefit Indigenous apprentices, communities, and industry, as we continue to build a diverse and inclusive workforce across the province. 

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Indigenous Peoples in Trades Training

Squamish Nation Celebrates New Training and Trades Centre

The Squamish Nation celebrated the grand reopening of the Squamish Nation Training and Trades Centre in North Vancouver in October 2018. The new and improved facilities feature a significant increase in floor space and twice the number of classrooms, offering capacity to provide trades training to an additional 300 Indigenous peoples over the next two years.

The First Nation received more than $1 million in funding through the Western Diversification Program to expand the facilities. The funding was part of an announcement in March 2018 where 45 First Nations, Indigenous

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Squamish Nation Celebrates New Training and Trades Centre

The Squamish Nation celebrated the grand reopening of the Squamish Nation Training and Trades Centre in North Vancouver in October 2018. The new and improved facilities feature a significant increase in floor space and twice the number of classrooms, offering capacity to provide trades training to an additional 300 Indigenous peoples over the next two years.

The First Nation received more than $1 million in funding through the Western Diversification Program to expand the facilities. The funding was part of an announcement in March 2018 where 45 First Nations, Indigenous businesses and programs were given more than $27 million to further business activities. Innovative initiatives, such as the expansion of the Squamish Nation Training and Trades Centre, are essential in providing an opportunity for many more people to pursue valued and meaningful careers and help contribute to the creation of an inclusive skilled trades training and apprenticeship system.

Learn more about ITA’s Indigenous Peoples in Trades Training (IPTT) program, and the resources available for Indigenous tradespeople across the province.

 

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Essential Skills

New Year, New ITA Essential Skills Website!

ITA’s Essential Skills website has been updated to reflect current industry standards—it is now easier for users to identify their skills gaps and work towards a career in trades!

Essential Skills is an online resource where people can take an assessment that has questions pertaining to the numeracy (math), reading and document-use related to the trade of their choice. Following the assessment, a customized learning plan is generated that shows users where they might have knowledge gaps and how to upgrade their skillset accordingly.

Curious about a trades

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New Year, New ITA Essential Skills Website!

ITA’s Essential Skills website has been updated to reflect current industry standards—it is now easier for users to identify their skills gaps and work towards a career in trades!

Essential Skills is an online resource where people can take an assessment that has questions pertaining to the numeracy (math), reading and document-use related to the trade of their choice. Following the assessment, a customized learning plan is generated that shows users where they might have knowledge gaps and how to upgrade their skillset accordingly.

Curious about a trades career? Visit ita2.essentialskillsgroup.com.

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Youth Initiatives

Food Truck Offers Students a Taste of the Trades

The Camosun College Culinary Arts Program launched a student-run food truck, the first of its kind in Western Canada. This innovative project offers students an opportunity to extend their learning beyond the classroom and develop industry-ready skills while gaining exposure to the fast-growing food truck sector.

The food truck is staffed by Culinary Arts students from the Professional Cook 1 (PC-1) program, and students from across the college in metal work, automotive repair, plumbing, pipe trades, graphic arts and a range of other disciplines worked together to bring the

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Food Truck Offers Students a Taste of the Trades

The Camosun College Culinary Arts Program launched a student-run food truck, the first of its kind in Western Canada. This innovative project offers students an opportunity to extend their learning beyond the classroom and develop industry-ready skills while gaining exposure to the fast-growing food truck sector.

The food truck is staffed by Culinary Arts students from the Professional Cook 1 (PC-1) program, and students from across the college in metal work, automotive repair, plumbing, pipe trades, graphic arts and a range of other disciplines worked together to bring the project to life. Camosun plans to take the truck to local high schools to offer students a taste of the trades available at the College.

Learn more about the Camosun College Culinary Arts Program and its collaborative food truck project. 

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Youth Initiatives

Funding Announced for Youth Trades Programs Across BC

To celebrate apprentices and acknowledge their valued contributions in BC, ITA announced $1.3 million of funding in 2018/19 to be distributed among 49 school districts across the province to support ITA Youth Work in Trades Programs, an increase of more than $100,000 from the previous year's funding. Each of the 49 school districts will receive between $20,000 and $40,000 to support youth apprentices in their communities.

ITA’s Youth Work in Trades Program provides an opportunity for BC students in grades 10, 11 and 12

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Funding Announced for Youth Trades Programs Across BC

To celebrate apprentices and acknowledge their valued contributions in BC, ITA announced $1.3 million of funding in 2018/19 to be distributed among 49 school districts across the province to support ITA Youth Work in Trades Programs, an increase of more than $100,000 from the previous year's funding. Each of the 49 school districts will receive between $20,000 and $40,000 to support youth apprentices in their communities.

ITA’s Youth Work in Trades Program provides an opportunity for BC students in grades 10, 11 and 12 to earn while they learn and begin their apprenticeship journey while still in high school by working with local employers to gain valuable hands-on experience.

Learn more about the ITA Youth Trades Programs, and the opportunities available for students across the province to get their start in the skilled trades

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Youth Initiatives

Collaborating for a Cause

In Campbell River, North Island College students collaborated with School District 72 to build three sheds as part of an ITA Youth Explore Trades Sampler Program. Students in grades 11 and 12 were offered an opportunity to explore a range of trades as potential career options. Together, students worked on window and door framing, floor, wall and roof construction, and exterior finishing. By building the sheds, students gained invaluable exposure to a range of trades including electrical, heavy mechanical, construction and welding. The

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Collaborating for a Cause

In Campbell River, North Island College students collaborated with School District 72 to build three sheds as part of an ITA Youth Explore Trades Sampler Program. Students in grades 11 and 12 were offered an opportunity to explore a range of trades as potential career options. Together, students worked on window and door framing, floor, wall and roof construction, and exterior finishing. By building the sheds, students gained invaluable exposure to a range of trades including electrical, heavy mechanical, construction and welding. The Carpentry Foundation program at North Island College put the three sheds up for auction to find them forever homes and raise funds for future trades program students.

Learn more about the Carpentry Foundation Program at North Island College, and what it takes to learn the techniques of this trade.  

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Employer Spotlight

Apprentices are Key to Culture

Strait Projects is a pipeline and facility construction firm supporting oil and gas projects across Western Canada. Agility, integrity and innovation are the business’ core values and according to Ryan Gall, Operations Manager at Strait, apprentices play a key role in improving and moving that culture forward.

“Usually the people willing to start an apprenticeship are the ones who will continue to develop and excel your business to the next place,” says Ryan, who is a huge advocate for apprenticeship.

Cassie Rodka is a Welder at Strait. She first began

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Apprentices are Key to Culture

Strait Projects is a pipeline and facility construction firm supporting oil and gas projects across Western Canada. Agility, integrity and innovation are the business’ core values and according to Ryan Gall, Operations Manager at Strait, apprentices play a key role in improving and moving that culture forward.

“Usually the people willing to start an apprenticeship are the ones who will continue to develop and excel your business to the next place,” says Ryan, who is a huge advocate for apprenticeship.

Cassie Rodka is a Welder at Strait. She first began exploring the trades in metal shop classes in high school. After having her son, Cassie revisited her passion for welding: “It’s opened a lot of doors for me”, she says. “I’m loving every minute of it.” 

Find out more about the benefits of sponsoring apprentices according to Strait Projects, and what it takes to become an employer sponsor. 

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Women in Trades Training

CAF First Annual Supporting Women in Trades Conference

In November 2018, the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAF) hosted an inaugural Supporting Women in Trades (SWIT) Conference, the first-ever of its kind. The conference brought together stakeholders from across the country to share best practices in supporting women in the trades and identify gaps that could be addressed nationally. Drawing upon the great work done by advocate groups and trailblazers in the field of gender equity in the trades, attendees not only identified the barriers to inclusion, but also began building tangible solutions. The outcome of the conference was a

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CAF First Annual Supporting Women in Trades Conference

In November 2018, the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAF) hosted an inaugural Supporting Women in Trades (SWIT) Conference, the first-ever of its kind. The conference brought together stakeholders from across the country to share best practices in supporting women in the trades and identify gaps that could be addressed nationally. Drawing upon the great work done by advocate groups and trailblazers in the field of gender equity in the trades, attendees not only identified the barriers to inclusion, but also began building tangible solutions. The outcome of the conference was a collaborative road map for action and change. “We need to continue to share ideas, connect and build capacity,” says France Daviault, Executive Director, CAF. "Much work has yet to be done. It is also important to provide women with a safe space to share their stories and network.” Tradeswomen left the conference feeling supported and inspired. To ensure that progress continues to be made, CAF plans to make the conference an annual national Find out more about the benefits of sponsoring apprentices according to Strait Projects, and what it takes to become an employer sponsor. event. Planning for 2019 SWIT is underway, and will build on the great achievements of the first conference. 

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Meet B.C.'s Champions of Apprenticeship

Today's youth have an array of career options to choose from, but they also face the perception that the skilled trades are not the most desirable career choice. In order to keep our construction and other skilled labour sectors robust and growing, we must be proactive in presenting the trades as a desirable career option for our youth.

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