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providers and apprenticeship sponsors are following program standards. is recommendation has been substantially addressed.

flowing from this recommendation, the ita created a new senior executive position responsible for training delivery oversight, with continuous improvement a key accountability.

We are monitoring program standards compliance by training providers and sponsors by focusing on a num- ber of key dashboard outcome indicators. if they start to

  • ash red, we know we've got a problem.

one of them is apprentice satisfaction levels as meas- ured by the annual apprenticeship student outcomes survey conducted in conjunction with B.c. Stats. in the latest survey, 93 percent of completing apprentices said they were satised or very satised with their tech- nical in-school training, while 91 percent said they were satised or very satised with the work-based portion of their training.

[1025] another key indicator is exam pass rates. roughly nine of ten B.c. apprentices write the nal interprovin- cial red Seal exam. in 2009 the pass rate for red Seal trades was 78 percent for B.c. apprentices, compared with 62 percent for the rest of canada, which speaks well to the quality of in-class and on-the-job instruction that apprentices in British columbia are receiving.

We have also increased our capacity to analyze exam results for each level of an apprenticeship on a class-by- class basis, which enables us to pick up anomalies that may point to an issue related to training provider ad- herence to ita program standards. e ita is working closely with the Private career training institutions agency of B.c. to ensure that our designation process for private trainers adheres to best practices.

ita has been working with other canadian appren- ticeship jurisdictions to develop a national framework for occupational performance standards. ese stan- dards will provide a benchmark that can be used in both the institutional and the on-the-job components of in- dustry training to ensure that the learning and training activities align with the expected outcomes of industry.

  • ey will also support assessment that will provide a re-

liable and consistent signal of competency.

Based on a cost-benet analysis and the assessed level of risk, we believe that a complaint-based system, in combination with the monitoring mechanisms i've outlined, is providing the assurance that program stan- dards are being followed — which the auditor general's report calls for. now, that does not preclude enhance- ments being introduced as a result of the forthcoming comprehensive continuous improvement review.

finally, in scal '11-12 we will be reviewing the level of support that is provided to employers and to appren- tices and will be developing a plan of action to address any gaps that we nd.


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recommendation 6 — that the industry training authority, the industry training organizations, the ministry of advanced education and labour market development and the colleges work together to produce high-quality information for assessing the demand for trades training in British columbia. is recommenda- tion is fully addressed.

currently wait-lists for in-school training are down to their lowest levels in years, due to decreased training demand related to the recession and the consequent de- creased capacity of some employer sponsors to take on apprentices.

meanwhile, signicant progress has been made with respect to the province's ability to provide accurate labour market forecasting. e ministry of regional economic and Skills development has just launched its B.c. labour market scenario model. is model will provide both demand and supply information in 140 oc- cupations covering 14 industries broken down by B.c.'s seven development regions. e model has the ability to run economic and occupational scenarios based on economic, demographic and labour force conditions in

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    • e ministry also worked with the ita and itos to

produce an annual trades occupation outlook report, which the minister released just yesterday. it's now available on the WorkBc website. is report assesses trades-related supply and demand on a regional basis and is going to be very important to help us support our planning for next year's training delivery.

in addition, the ministry has launched a new compre- hensive on-line service, the WorkBc web centre, which will benet British columbians seeking career and skills development information, employers looking to im- prove labour productivity, and skills-training service providers interested in emerging best practices.

finally on this one, all of the itos now have websites providing labour market information to employers and potential apprentices in their seven specic sectors.

recommendation 7 — that the industry training authority, the ministry of advanced education and labour market development and the training providers work together to periodically assess the capacity of the trades-training system to meet demand and address any issues or opportunities identied. is recommendation is fully addressed.

ensuring that we maintain sucient training capacity is obviously extremely important. e ita, the ministry and the training providers have been working together since 2007 to conduct periodic capacity assessments. assessments such as the comprehensive review con- ducted in 2007 and the follow-up survey in 2008 will be completed as required.

  • rough the joint ita and post-secondary presidents

leadership council, we now have a mechanism to jointly identify when a more detailed survey is required over

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