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ITA amends B.C. trades training act


March 3, 2016
By Ground Water Canada

Victoria – British Columbia has introduced several amendments to the Industry Training Authority Act that will enable the Industry Training Authority to lead and deliver trades training in B.C. more effectively.

The act came into force in British Columbia more than 10 years ago in 2003.

The introduction of Bill 7, the Industry Training Authority Amendment Act 2016, fulfils the government’s commitments to refocus the ITA as outlined in the B.C. Skills for Jobs Blueprint and to implement the recommendations in Jessica McDonald’s independent review of the ITA in 2014, the provincial government said in a news release.

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When the act becomes law, it will:

·      Set out the purpose of the Industry Training Authority (ITA) and confirm its role in B.C.’s trades training system. No purpose statement currently exists within the legislation.

·      Require the ITA to develop and implement a multi-year strategic plan to achieve priorities and targets set by government.

·      Require the ITA to engage with stakeholders to provide advice and recommendations on the development and implementation of the strategic plan.

·      Update several administrative components of the existing act, consistent with other Crown corporations and government statutes.

At the same time, the amendments to the act ensure that the ITA will continue to have the flexibility it needs to respond to skills and trades training priorities quickly and efficiently.

Since 2014, the ITA has completed 14 of the McDonald report recommendations, and has made significant progress on the rest of the recommendations. The B.C. government and the ITA continue to consult with stakeholders and industry partners to implement the remaining recommendations.

As announced in the 2016 provincial budget, B.C. is increasing ITA funding by nearly $8 million over the next three years specifically targeted to support ITA’s youth programs, the release said.