ITA Expands Services for Trades Education System

Trades apprentices and the trades education system in B.C. will receive more support through expanded services and regional outreach, according to a press release from Advanced Education, Skills and Training Minister Melanie Mark and the Industry Training Authority (ITA) today.

This September, ITA is bringing the total number of Apprenticeship Advisors to 20 across the province, with new advisors in the Prince George, Terrace/Kitimat, Abbotsford/Mission, Chilliwack, and Vancouver/Richmond regions to provide guidance to apprentices and employer sponsors on processes and policies relating to the apprenticeship journey.

The addition was made possible through funding from the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training, which is committed to making sure more people in B.C. can access skills training and complete their apprenticeships.

“New Apprenticeship Advisors means more support for aspiring trades training students closer to home. This new investment means more British Columbians will be able to access high-paying 21st century jobs,” said Melanie Mark, minister of advanced education, skills, and training. “To remain competitive, B.C. will need the best skilled labour force and professionals that are industry-ready on day one. Investing in these new advisors is essential to making sure trades students are set up for success in our province.”

Through an understanding of their specific regions, the advisors will also build relationships with local industry members and apprenticeship sponsors and identify opportunities to remove barriers and boost success rates of apprenticeships.

Training providers such as colleges will also benefit from increased Apprenticeship Advisors who will help current trades students navigate the apprenticeship system as well as assist experienced workers (challengers) in their journey to achieving credit for knowledge and skills they already possess.

The ITA continues to support apprentices in trades program and elevate trades education by increasing awareness of the skilled trades, improving access through innovative program delivery, and guiding students during their apprenticeship journey so they can enter the workforce and enjoy long-lasting, well-paying careers in B.C.