Over the next three years, the Industry Training Authority (ITA) will be pursuing new strategic initiatives in two core business areas:
1) Improving Standards and Credentials
Vision for the future: A broad range of trade credentials recognizing skills gained through both apprentice and non-apprentice learning pathways that are accessible and valued by industry, employers and individuals.
|Expand the value of standards and credentials to additional occupations and industries. Pilot the expansion of skills standards and credentials to include non apprenticeship occupations.||Pilot the expansion of skills standards and credentials to include non apprenticeship occupations.|
|Enhance the value, recognition and demand for standard credentials.||Build and promote a strong credential brand.|
|Enhance the rigour and effectiveness of how we conduct assessments and recognize skills against standards set by industry.||Strengthen assessment methodologies to include methods beyond the multiple choice exam.|
|Strengthen the national Red Seal standards to benefit both B.C.’s highest volume trades and industry.||Work with federal, provincial and territorial colleagues to enhance the way Red Seal standards are documented and assessed.|
2) Improving the Apprenticeship Training Process
Vision for the future: An apprenticeship learning pathway that blends and balances the strengths of apprenticeship’s traditions with the competitive needs of industry in a modern economy.
|Strengthen the alignment between employers and apprenticeship programs to improve apprenticeship success rates.||
Re-define apprentice sponsorship to require all apprentices to hold employment in their trade.
Re-align pre-apprenticeship programs to lead more directly into apprenticeship.
|Proactively identify and mitigate training issues to improve quality and increase the success of apprentices.||Introduce standardized level exams.|
|Improve apprenticeship access for groups facing barriers and challenges.||Support Labour market Agreement programs for eligible women, new immigrants and Aboriginal people.|
For more information on our Strategic Initiatives, please email us.