The provincial Crown agency responsible for co-ordinating British Columbia’s industry-led skills training system is being put under the microscope.
The Industry Training Authority’s role, function and effectiveness will be the focus of an independent review commissioned by the B.C. government, said Shirley Bond, minister of jobs, tourism and skills training, and minister responsible for labour.
The review will provide government with recommendations to improve and strengthen:
- oversight and governance of the industry training system;
- strategic leadership of the system;
- outcomes that will provide more skilled workers across BC;
- ITA’s overall service delivery model of the apprenticeship system in BC (from pre-apprenticeship through to certification); and
- partnerships and engagement with educators, industry, private sector unions, and other stakeholders.
Improving skills training is a key priority for Premier Christy Clark, who sees it as a vital component of the province’s push to develop energy resources like LNG.
The independent review leader will be named in September. The report must be submitted to the B.C. government by the end of November 2013.