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to develop an industry-driven training system. to this end, ita established industry training organizations.

We found that ita launched the industry training or- ganization model without adequate risk management planning or sucient tools to support its implemen- tation. We also found that ita had not carried out a comprehensive needs assessment or broad-based consultation before launching the rst three industry training organizations in april of 2005.

however, ita did monitor industry training organ- ization development and made adjustments to policies and practices as issues arose. We made two recommen- dations in this area: that ita work with industry training organizations and industry to clarify roles and respon- sibilities and, secondly, to resolve issues relating to the funding model.

one of ita's main responsibilities is to ensure that apprentices and other students receive appropriate train- ing. We found the policies and practices that existed to manage quality had not been brought together and well dened to form a clear and comprehensive quality as- surance program. We also found that eective methods have not been established to monitor training providers and apprenticeship sponsors to ensure compliance with standards.

We made two recommendations in the report to address these concerns: rst, that ita develop a com- prehensive quality assurance program; and secondly, that ita strengthen its compliance monitoring to provide greater assurance that training providers and apprenticeship sponsors are following program standards.

at the time of our audit in-school training accounted for about 85 percent of ita's expenditures. We found that the ita funding allocation decisions were consist- ent with its priorities but were based on inadequate or incomplete information about demand and delivery costs. We also found insucient coordination of fund- ing decisions between the ministry and ita.

finally, we found that while the ministry — in fact, two ministries: the ministry of advanced education and the ministry of economic development had co- sponsored a review in 2007 of public colleges' capacity to meet demand for trades training, there had been no action plan to address the recommendations made.

We made four recommendations in relation to these issues, covering the need to better assess demand, cap- acity and cost of trades training and also the need to coordinate college funding for trades training between the ministry and ita.

  • e last area covered performance reporting. We

examined the accuracy of six of ita's 12 public per- formance measures included in its 2006-07 annual report. We found that ve of the six measures we exam- ined were reported accurately. however, one measure, relating to youth apprenticeship, was inaccurately re-


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ported because ita had not applied its own denition of "youth" when it calculated the result.

[1015] We also found instances of poor disclosure of den- itions and calculations for performance measures. ese help the reader of any performance report to under- stand what they're receiving. and we encountered poor records management throughout our assessment.

We made three recommendations to address these issues. ese include the need for better internal con- trols, improved disclosure of performance measure methodology and better records management.

  • e oce has followed up with the ministry and ita

twice since the report was issued in november of 2008. Please note that for the purpose of the follow-up report, recommendations 10 and 11, which both relate to per- formance reporting, were merged into one. e slide that you have in front of you refers to the original num- ber of recommendations in the report, which is 12.

as at the last follow-up, the self-assessment that we received, the ministry and ita reported that three recommendations had been fully implemented, eight substantially implemented and one partially imple- mented. We understand that the presentation that we'll receive from ita will provide an update on progress to date against the recommendations and that they now believe that all of these have been fully or substantially implemented.

  • is concludes our presentation.

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      Ralston (Chair): anks very much. i'll now turn

it over to mr. ompson and mr. evans.

K. Evans: ank you, mr. chair and members. i'm Kevin evans from the industry training authority, and i'll actually be presenting on behalf of both the ministry and the industry training authority. Joe ompson and other ministry staare here and will be providing me with detailed information that i might not have readily at hand with respect to the ministry.

  • ank you very much for the opportunity to tell

our story and to address the committee to discuss this very important and signicant report from the auditor general's oce on trades training.

  • e industry training authority was just three years

old when the audit work began. it reviewed a period of time that was witness to more change to B.c.'s appren- ticeship training system than ever before. e report was a fair and constructive reection of some of the challenges associated with those changes, and i'd like to again thank the oce of the auditor general for recom- mendations that have truly been helpful.

  • e industry training authority and the min-

istry are fully committed to responding to all of the auditor general's recommendations. to date, of the 11 recommendations, all have been fully or substantially

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