Union fights industry’s role in trades training

B.C. Federation of Labour says government shouldn't hand apprentice training over to the private sector
By Uyen Vu
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 09/06/2005

The British Columbia government wants industry to take the lead in trades apprenticeship training, but it would be a mistake to hand over training to the private sector, says the British Columbia Federation of Labour.

The labour federation was responding to an Industry Training Authority (ITA) document that says an “effective industry training system requires full industry participation and ownership” and that the training model will evolve over the next three years to “result in sharply increased industry leadership, involvement and responsibility.”

ITA is the government agency in charge of B.C.’s new apprenticeship system after it was revamped in 2003 to allow workers to be certified for specific competencies rather than for an entire trade.