Working together towards apprenticeship success through innovation
Having an innovative and high-quality trades training and apprenticeship system in B.C. is critical to developing the next general of skilled, certified trades professionals for our province.
In the spring, Industry Training Authority (ITA) launched a regional consultation process to collaborate and partner with our key stakeholders to share ideas around how to adapt trades training to emerging technology needs, and ultimately to develop an Innovation Framework in Trades Training and Apprenticeship for B.C.
The framework will identify how innovation and technology could improve the effectiveness of training programs, leading to more apprentices obtaining their Certificates of Qualification.
Our team met with apprentices, journeypersons, employer sponsors, employment services organizations, Indigenous groups, training providers, and industry in 18 regional and local meetings, hearing a range of views and interests of our trades training partners:
- eight multi-sectoral meetings in Kelowna, Burnaby, Terrace, Nanaimo, Prince George, Dawson Creek, Kamloops, and Cranbrook
- three Indigenous-focused meetings in Kelowna, Kitimat, and Port Alberni and two sessions with BC Aboriginal Training Employment Alliance Members and ITA’s Indigenous Advisory Council
- one women-focused meeting in Richmond
- four apprentice sessions in Fort St. John, Dawson Creek, Prince George, and Kamloops
Along with innovation, groups also discussed regional barriers to training and certification, including those specific to Indigenous and rural communities.
To keep the conversation going, we’ve launched an online engagement platform at https://itabc.76engage.com, and we’re inviting you to share and be part of this project through this platform.
There are four categories—Apprentices, Employer Sponsors, Training Providers, and Trades Training System—where you can comment, share ideas, and vote on the areas of innovation that are most important to you.
The platform also features information on supports and resources that all trades training partners should know about. And you can view notes from the regional sessions and sign up for project updates.
What aspects of trades training should we innovate, and how can we use technology to improve the training and apprenticeship experience? Tell us through https://itabc.76engage.com and be part of the legacy that will help shape the future of trades.
Do you know an apprentice or employer champion?
The Champions of Apprenticeship are recognized for their outstanding achievements in BC apprenticeship system. These Champions are celebrated for their hard work in creating certified tradesworkers, supporting their industry and promoting apprenticeship. Do you know an outstanding employer sponsor or apprentice? Send us an email and nominate them to become a Champion of Apprenticeship!