The Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training (AEST) sought feedback from the public and from Indigenous communities on how to support trades workers and employers during the implementation of Skilled Trades Certification. Participants engaged through surveys, professionally-led dialogues and roundtables. There was representation from apprentices, trades workers, employers, unions, Indigenous partners as well as with people who shared their own experiences as women, new Canadians and other groups that are vital to growing the trades workforce.
The reports can be accessed HERE.
The feedback gathered during the engagement consultation will help shape the supports and services related to implementing skilled trades certification for the 10 initial mechanical, electrical and automotive trades in British Columbia.
ITA also had the opportunity to connect with many British Columbians involved in the skilled trades, including apprentices, employer sponsors, unions, Indigenous partners, equity-seeking groups, training providers and other industry partners. SkilledTradesBC's engagement focused on getting insights and ideas focused on the four policy areas (exemptions, temporary authorizations, ratios and scope of trades) and identifying additional supports needed.
The feedback from engagement was discussed and considered by the SkilledTradesBC Board, who shared their recommendations in a letter from SkilledTradesBC's Board Chair, Cindy Oliver, to Minister Anne Kang, Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training. Read the letter HERE.