Province to review program it defended during election 0
BC Premier Christy Clark interacts with apprentice's working at at Seaspan's Vancouver Shipyards in North Vancouver in March, weeks before defending the provinces Industry Training Authority. The BC Government says it now intends to review the authority. (24 HOURS FILE PHOTO)
The B.C. government has ordered a review of its Industry Training Authority, a government arm it defended just days before the May election.
On Wednesday the government announced the authority, responsible for apprenticeships, would be reviewed with an independent leader under Shirley Bond, minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training.
“The ministry will begin the review of the ITA this fall,” said the release. “The leader will examine the ITA’s mandate, functions and outcomes achieved to date.”
But it wasn’t too long ago the BC Liberal party was defending the ITA leading up to the May 14 election.
At the time, BC NDP Leader Adrian Dix pointed to a report from the ITA itself showing a 10% drop in the number of students participating in apprenticeship programs compared to 2010.
The NDP accused the authority of not “executing the fundamentals” of its mandate.
The Liberals fired back, claiming ITA-funded programs for apprentices increased 19% since 2006.
Now the government is claiming it expects 60,000 to 75,000 workers to help the province grow its liquefied natural gas industry through both direct and indirect jobs.
The government wants to look at the authority’s “mandate, functions and outcomes achieved to date” to make sure training to fill future jobs is available.
There are currently 35,000 registered apprentices in the ITA’s programs, according to the provincial government.
According to the release, the review’s leader will be selected in September, with a full report due in November.