Deliver technical training through flexible scheduling and use of innovative tools to attract apprentices and encourage program completion.
• The BC Wall and Ceiling Association delivers technical training for Wall and Ceiling Installer. Instruction is delivered on Thursday evenings and all day Fridays and Saturdays (20 hours/ week). Apprentices can continue to work part-time or full-time while attending school. Technical training is delivered in Surrey at the BC Wall and Ceiling Association office and regionally through partnerships with training providers in the Greater Victoria area.
• The Quadrant Marine Institute, which was developed by the marine repair industry, delivers Marine Service Technician technical training once per week in the evenings. This timing results in no lost wages for the apprentice, no lost time for the employer, and no Employment Insurance costs while apprentices participate in the training.
• Camosun College’s Professional Cook 1 and 2 technical training is delivered online over five to six months, as compared to over six weeks in the traditional program. This allows apprentices to stay at work while learning at the same time. Employers have online access to all course materials and the completion schedule. Formative assessments are done online while summative assessments (written and practical) are completed face-to-face.
• The first year of the BC Funeral Association’s Foundation program is provided through in-class and online training. To continue into the second year of training, students must find employment with a funeral service provider within two years.
• Vancouver Island University delivers their 10-month Automotive Service Technician Foundation through a combination of classroom lectures, CDX movie clips and graphics, and hands-on in-shop training materials. All classroom homework and assignments are accessible through their D2L (Desire2Learn) online learning management system.
• Camosun College delivers a Piping Trades Foundation program using digital learning tools within a classroom setting. The digital approach has been found to enhance learning.
Introduction of training models that break down barriers to accessing trades training by bringing training opportunities to apprentices in remote areas across BC.
• In partnership with Correctional Service Canada, Camosun College delivered trades training in Professional Cook 1 and Electrical at a correctional facility. Each program had unique attributes: Professional Cook was productionbased and Electrical was self-paced. All three programs provided offenders with an opportunity to develop employment ready-skills and to achieve recognized industry certifications prior to their release from the facility.
Offer programs to apprentices that build upon essential skills and cultural knowledge to support employment success and retention.
• Vancouver Island University integrated additional adult basic education supports into their Welding program to improve overall success with technical training.
• Developed in consultation with coastal First Nations communities, this Vancouver Island University construction program is designed for Aboriginal learners. Components include recognition of cultural issues regarding education and traditional construction as well as skills development in areas such as mathematics and communications.
Increase the availability of resources through innovative partnerships between institutions, training providers, industry, employers, charities and communities.
• Camosun College has partnered with several charities over the years on construction projects. The most recent partnership was formed in 2014 with Habitat for Humanity Victoria to build the concrete foundation and structural framing for a fourplex of row housing. This provides a real-world environment in which learners can apply their new Carpentry knowledge on an actual job site.
• The North Island Hospitals Project and Tandem Health Partners have been working with the Province of BC, the Industry Training Authority, local School Districts, North Island College, the North Vancouver Island Aboriginal Training Society, local employment foundations, and others to develop apprenticeship and other training programs and employment opportunities. Planning for two new northern Vancouver Island hospitals is aiming to maximize the number of apprenticeships. Six community groups are working with the Project Officers and Graham Construction to line up apprenticeship programs with the needs of the project’s contractors and sub-contractors, expected to create 1,900 direct jobs for 145 trades. Community groups include North Island College, North Island Employment Foundation Society, North Vancouver Island Aboriginal Training Society, Skills Training Employment Program, and School Districts 71 and 72.
• Vancouver Island University has partnered with Habitat for Humanity and surrounding First Nations to take a local house to the lock-up stage, providing an industrial setting for practical learning for Carpentry.
• To reduce barriers associated with trades training accessibility and to redefine First Nations home building in their own territory, ITA worked with BC’s Bella Coola Nuxalk First Nation and Camosun College to bring technical training into the community for Carpentry apprentices. The community identified a two-prong need: 1) to improve Carpenter apprentice outcomes among the Nuxalk people, and 2) to construct new homes and buildings for the community that would be built by their own people and constructed to suit the economic, social and cultural needs of the community. The program was designed to create a new vision and perspective for the community on how to manage, be responsible for and take pride in the ownership of their assets. In support of this objective, information and resources on home maintenance were supplied by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). To date, participants of this program have built six energy efficient homes within the Nuxalk First Nation. These family homes have been developed and designed with barrier-free concepts and use resources from the community, such as lumber and stones from the gravel pit, to minimize building costs. Additionally, the construction of a new youth centre has also begun.
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 Vancouver Island. You can read this region's innovation inventory report here.