Program Standards Activity update: October 25, 2011
Reviews in Progress
Machinist-record book discussed with SME group. NOA comparison and summary completed. There was no change necessary to the Program Outline recommended by the committee; there is no need for Standards review.
Millwright-Exam validation is in process: to date exams have been written at Kwantlen Polytechnic University and BCIT. Next week exams will be invigilated at CNC in Prince George.
Rig Tech-New exams developed with Alberta and Saskatchewan; industry review to be held in Edmonton on November 3rd.
Shipping Industry-An extension of this LMP has been granted by government. Further development of learning material and trade structure is being initiated. The ITA has requested documentation to support their newly developed internal process and has delayed the review of these program Standards documents until they receive a Proposal for developing the new Program’s Standards.
Saw Filer –Program Standards documents have been delivered to the ITA and are being reviewed after staff develops and submits an Industry Needs Analysis. An industry group consisting of 9 members (2 associations, 1 labour and 5 companies) has been formed to develop Labour market Information for this sector and to develop curriculum for the Saw Trades. ITA had proposed to “inactivate” this trade; but have reconsidered and it is in active status.
Welder-The Information document supported by the P&S Committee was delivered to ITA and rejected by senior staff as not ready to go to Business Operations for review (part of the new Process). ITA has asked for documents to be developed (Proposal for Modification) that meet newly developed requirements and will not go forward with the process until these documents are developed (these should be delivered by October 31st). The new Program Standards have been shared with the WAC and BCATTA (training Provider Deans).
Industrial Electrician-Draft Program Standards documents delivered to ITA. Training Providers are again warning of low enrolment. New Log book cannot be completed until the new Program Outline is completed (mid-December).
Planermill Technician 1 and 2-Under ITA’s newly developed Program Lifecycle process this trade has been slotted for being classified as “Inactive”. This means that no further apprentices will be accepted into the program. Industry has commented in our survey which we conducted last year that this trade needs to be revamped as an “endorsement” for the Millwright trade; but the trade is still important to BC. Other trades that have been classified as inactive to date: Winder Electrician
Website is functional and collateral is being circulated. Training Providers find the consistency within this site reassuring, ITA staff support the site and other ITO’s are also pointing to the site. A comments function is now being installed.
Skill Source BC
This website is still early in its development.
Record Books: gathering responses from initial users of the IIM Record Book, initial responses (shared again with new BCIT apprentices) support the design.
Common Level exams: proving a process for validating exam forms through field tests. Staff is currently validating exams in 3 trades.
Labour Market Partnerships (other):
·Mining-the Mining Human Resource Task Force has received a further 3 years in their project.
·Shipbuilding and Repair-this task force has received a two year continuation to their project
·Solid Wood industry has approval to study the labour market information particular to the Solid Wood industry in BC and to develop an industry “owned” program for Saw Filers. Contract is scheduled to finish by June 30th, 2012
·Northern Transmission Line-project lead by BC Hydro exploring the labour market shortages for this region (NorthWest BC). Contract is on line to finish by Dec 31, 2011. A renewal for this project is proposed.