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and above the annual updates from institutions and the ongoing wait-list monitoring. i have to say that the ur- gency of a review in the near term has been diminished by what i mentioned earlier, and that's the recession- related reduction in training demand, which we believe is temporary.

[1030] recommendation 8 — that the industry training authority and the ministry of advanced education and labour market development work with the colleges to ensure that funding decisions are informed by a proper understanding of what it costs to deliver trades training.

  • is recommendation has been substantially addressed.

Prior to the auditor general's report, the ita made a commitment to work with the public institutions to en- sure that funding decisions are informed by a thorough understanding of the full and actual costs to deliver trades training, but the trainers were not in a position to provide us with an accounting of those actual costs.

  • is summer, however, trades training B.c., which is

a consortium of the public post-secondary institutions involved in trades training, initiated a study on the costs of delivering trades training, and the ita provided input on the scope of that project, which will provide informa- tion needed to make informed decisions about funding and pricing of trades training. at report is scheduled for completion by the end of this month, and its ndings will inform the development of the '11-12 training plans with the public training providers.

recommendation 9 — that the ministry of advanced education and labour market development ensures that its funding allocations for public colleges for the purposes of supporting trades training are coordinated with the industry training authority. is recommen- dation has been fully addressed.

  • e ministry continues to consult with the ita re-

garding the ministry funding of trades-training seats to reduce program wait-lists for foundation, which is pre- apprentice training. is coordinated approach in '09-10 and again in '10-11 precluded duplication of funding for foundation preapprenticeship spaces across the system.

  • e ministry and ita have also explored opportun-

ities for improved information-sharing and coordination regarding capital requirements for trades training. as a result of these discussions, the ministry has asked the ita to review requests submitted by institutions for trades-related capital projects and provide feedback to help inform the ministry's ve-year capital plan. in future the ita and the ministry will explore the feasibil- ity of conducting a study to determine trades-training equipment needs.

recommendation 10, and we're almost at the end.

  • e industry training authority should improve its in-

ternal controls that it applies to the calculation of its performance measures and clearly and explicitly dis- close its performance reporting denitions, sources and



calculation methodologies. is recommendation has been fully addressed.

  • e ita is implementing a new information man-

agement system called ita direct access. in addition to providing improved performance reporting, the new system will provide employers and apprentices with dir- ect 24-7 access to their records as it is phased in over the next few months.

issues related to the conversion to the new system that had aected the timeliness of the monthly performance reports have been addressed, and these reports are now being posted monthly on the ita website with explicit explanation of the performance reporting denitions, sources and calculation methodologies.

in 2009 the performance measures were aligned with the ita's new strategic plan and made less complex and more transparent.

recommendation 11. e industry training authority should improve its records management to ensure that it can easily access key participant information when needed. is recommendation has been substantially addressed.

in addition to implementing the new management information system, the ita is now scanning and stor- ing electronically any new non-transitory participant records, and this signicantly enhances access to par- ticipant information when required over the old paper

  • ling system.

  • is recommendation will be fully addressed when

the ita implements a comprehensive records manage- ment system, and work on this project will begin early in the next scal year.

  • at concludes our presentation. again, thank you for

this opportunity, and i look forward to having the op- portunity to answer any questions. [1035]

b. Ralston (Chair): anks very much to the present- ers. i'm going to put together a list of questioners.

K. Corrigan: ank you, mr. evans. it sounds like a lot of work has been done and a lot of progress has been made.

one of the markers of success that is not mentioned, other than just a real quick mention in the auditor general's report, is the one that i want to ask about how we're doing right now. on page 16 it's noted that the completion rate for apprenticeships is 10 percent above the national average. my understanding is that the completion rates are still a challenge, although i haven't talked to anybody about this real recently.

i'm wondering if you could answer two questions. first of all, what is the completion rate for apprentice- ships? it's also mentioned in the same paragraph that we have a very high growth of apprenticeship registrations, which is terric. how does the level of apprenticeships

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