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So who are we, where are we & why?

We are 7 years of change that improved transportation industry training.

The Transportation Career Development Association of BC (transCDA) was established in 2008 for the purpose of improving transportation industry training in British Columbia.

Recognized by the Industry Training Authority (ITA) as an Industry Training Organization, transCDA was responsibile for the improvement of industry training, development of new programs as well as maintaining current programs and providing on-going support for industry training and career development services. That is just where transCDA got its start. transCDA continued to be innovative and a catalyst for change proving that competency based industry training will be the wave of the future.

On April 29, 2014 the provincial government released the review of the Industry Training Authority (ITA). The report included 29 recommendations, including a recommendation to bring the trades training functions of the Industry Training Organizations within ITA, enabling ITA to directly align with industry.

Following this recommendation, the ITA informed transCDA that all Enterprise Partnership Agreements would be terminated by October 31, 2014 and that the ITO roles, involved in trades training, would be brought into the ITA. If you have any questions or would like to volunteer to continue our work strengthening industry training then please contact your ITA Industry Relations Manager.

History

October 2008

Industry Training Organization Conception

The BC Transportation Industry Training Organization became an incorporated association

October 2008

Board of Directors Formed

October 2008

Initial Sectors Established

transCDA industry sectors included:

  • Rail
  • Trucking
  • Transit
  • Heavy Construction
December 2008

CEO Recruited

Russel Robertson becomes CEO of transCDA

January - March 2009

Start-Up Funding

transCDA received funding from Industry Training Authority to set up the organization

2009

Two New Sectors Added

Memorandum of Understanding which brought Recreation Marine and Aerospace industry sectors into transCDA

2009

Name Change

BC Transportation Industry Training Organization (BC TITO) to Transportation Career Development Association of BC (transCDA)

2009 - 2010

First Enterprise Partnership Agreement

After successful start-up, transCDA entered into its first Enterprise Partnership Agreement with Industry Training Authority

2009

Assigned Trades

transCDA was assigned responsibility for the following trades:

  • Agricultural Equipment Technician
  • Aggregate Plant Operator
  • Aircraft Maintenance Technician
  • Aircraft Structural Technician
  • Asphalt Paving/Laydown Technician
  • Asphalt Plant Operator
  • Concrete Plant Operator
  • Deck hand
  • Diesel Engine Mechanic
  • Diesel Fuel Injection Mechanic
  • Forklift Mechanic
  • Heavy Duty Equipment Technician
  • Heavy Equipment Operator
  • Hydraulic Service Mechanic
  • Inboard/Outboard Mechanic
  • Marine Engine Mechanic
  • Marine Mechanical Technician
  • Marine Repair Technician
  • Professional Truck Driver
  • Railway Car Technician
  • Road Builder and Have Construction Foundation
  • Tire Repairer
  • Transport Refrigeration Mechanic
  • Transport Trailer Technician
  • Truck and Transport Mechanic
  • Utility Gradeperson
  • And any related Foundation programs
2009 - 2010

Industry Consultation for the Ground Sector Began

Consultation for the following trades began

  • Diesel Engine Mechanic
  • Diesel Fuel Injection Mechanic
  • Forklift Mechanic
  • Heavy Duty Equipment Technician
  • Hydraulic Service Mechanic
  • Transport Trailer Technician
  • Truck and Transport Mechanic
2009 - 2010

Review of Underutilized Programs

Careful review of existing programs allowed transCDA to focus on the greatest needs and areas with the highest demand

2009 - 2010

Industry Consultation Began

Industry consultation for the Aerospace sector began:

  • Aircraft Maintenance Technician
  • Airport Structural Technician
2010 - 2011

National Occupational Analysis

Revise and update programs to align with current National Occupational Analysis

  • Heavy Duty Equipment Mechanic
  • Commercial Transport Vehicle Mechanic
  • Diesel Engine Mechanic
2010 - 2011

Revised Marine Service Technician

Revised Marine Service Technician program to realign with other Marine trades programs

2010 - 2011

Industry Consultation

Began providing industry consultation:

  • Heavy Equipment Operator, to add Mining endorsements
  • Plant Operator
  • Transport Trailer Technician, update to current NOA
  • Tire Repairer
2010 - 2011

Professional Truck Driver

Developed and piloted a Professional Truck Driver program

2010 - 2011

Multiple Assessment Pathways (MAP)

Played an integral role on the MAP National Project.

  • Industry validation
  • Revise/develop unit standards, assessment tools
  • Select and train assessors
  • Select candidates
  • Launch and evaluate process
2011 - 2012

Industry Consultation

transCDA began providing industry consultation in the following areas:

  • Agricultural Equipment Technician
  • Deckhand
  • Diesel Fuel Injection Mechanic
  • Forklift Mechanic
  • Hydraulic Service Mechanic
  • Professional Truck Driver
  • Transport Refrigeration Mechanic
2011 - 2012

Inactive Programs

A number of programs were identified as inactive due to low demand

  • Agricultural Equipment Technician
  • Forklift Mechanic
  • Hydraulic Service Mechanic
  • Marine Engine Mechanic
  • Professional Truck Driver
  • Tire Repairer
  • Transport Refrigeration Mechanic
2011 - 2012

Deactivate Program

Deactivated the Diesel Fuel Injection Mechanic program

2012 - 2013

New Program Added

Developed the Aerospace Production Technician program

2012 - 2013

Updated Industry Programs

Updated the following aerospace industry programs:

  • Aircraft Maintenance program, over 16 years since program was updated
  • Aircraft Structural Technician, over 12 years since program was updated
2012 - 2013

Facilitated Workshop

Heavy Mechanical Group of Trades Implementation Strategy Workshop

2012 2013

Red Seal Designation Received

The Heavy Equipment Operator program receives the Red Seal designation. The program is consequently updated to align with the Red Seal standards

2012 - 2013

New Program Proposed

transCDA proposed the Heavy Equipment Operator Forestry program; however it was never implemented

2012 2013

Industry Consultation

transCDA begins to offer consultation for Marine Mechanical Technician

2012 - 2013

New Program Developed

A Plant Operator Program is developed including beginning the work to combine Aggregate, Asphalt and Concrete Plant operator programs into a single program with three endorsement options

2012 - 2013

Research Reports Completed

  • Effectiveness of Logbooks
  • Improving completion rates in transportation trades
2012 - 2013

Review

transCDA conducted a review of the Program Advisory Committee System

2013 - 2014

Program Development

The organization continued to develop Marine Mechanical Technician program to replace Inboard/Outboard Mechanic and Marine Engine Mechanic programs

2013 - 2014

Coaching

transCDA developed exam coaching materials and provided one-on-one coaching

2013 - 2014

Increase Completion Rate

Heavy Equipment Operator Logbook completion project to increase HEO apprenticeship completion rate with one-on-one coaching

2013 - 2014

ePORTFOLIO Pilot

Developed and piloted ePortfolio (online logbook)for the Heavy Equipment Operator program

2014 - 2015

Standards Development

Engage industry to develop Program Standards documents:

  • Aerospace Production Technician
  • Aircraft Structures Technician
  • Aircraft Maintenance Technician
  • Heavy Equipment Operator – Civil
  • Marine Service Technician
  • Plant Operator
2014 - 2015

Implementation Support

Supported Industry Training Authority in the implementation of the Heavy Mechanical Group of Trades and Marine Mechanical Technician

2014 - 2015

Industry Report

Industry Consultation report for Utility Grade Person

2014 - 2015

Enhanced Assessment

Played an integral provincial role in the development and piloting of the Enhanced Assessment Project, including assessor training and support for candidates

April 2014

Notice to Terminate

On April 30, transCDA received Notice to Terminate from Industry Training Authority

October 2014

Dissolution

October 31, 2014 marks the dissolution of the Transportation Career Development Association of BC (transCDA)

Successes

Heavy Mechanical Group of Trades

Updated extremely out of date program to create greater mobility across trades, increase efficiency of instruction, increase industry value of apprenticeship, and reduce ITA training costs.

transCDA started with four programs (Diesel Engine Mechanic, Heavy Duty Mechanic, Transport Trailer Mechanic, and Truck and Transport Mechanic) all running individually. There were three separate foundation programs for Diesel Engine, Heavy Duty and Truck and Transport, while Transport Trailer had no technical training. Heavy Duty Mechanic and Truck and Transport Mechanic programs were out of sync with Red Seal trades by up to two National Occupational Analysis.

The old program had a 30 week mandatory Foundation program, and some Training Providers had a 36 week combined program (for Heavy Duty and Truck and Transport). By removing the mandatory foundation program as a program completion requirement, the Heavy Duty and Truck and Transport programs have been reduced. Direct entry has made a 53% reduction of time an apprentice spends in school, it has improved seat utilization and facility utilization.

What Industry has now is one foundation (which is not mandatory requirement for apprenticeship registration), which prepares trainees with an up to date program that gives credit for technical training across four occupations. This is an incredible marketing tool for youth education to show Training Providers, parents and students that trainees can receive credit for level 1 in four trades providing the potential of four different career paths when they leave high school. This program is front end weighted; more training is completed in first two levels enabling Employers to have a greater return on investment sooner. As the compensation levels increase an apprentices absence from work is decreased, which decreases their lost revenues. Efficiency for Training Providers has increased by having improved seat utilization, classes with common theory training (multiple trades at a time) are full instead of running classes at low rates, which is a better use of instruction and physical resources. Standardized curriculum across the province has increased possibility of mobility to different schools, making it a smooth transition for students. Instead of propriety exams being used (created by each instructor), standardized level exams have been created for each level of training to the high standard of Red Seal examinations making for consistent assessment.

Through industry engagement across the province there was a clear message from industry to have TOWES testing and logbooks as a mandatory program completion requirement. However Industry Training Authority rejected these recommendations upon proposal submission.

Motive Power Centre of Excellence

We collaborated with stakeholders to host exploratory meetings between the leaders of BCIT, VCC, and Industry. With Government support, we launched the Transportation Trades Supply and Demand Committee to complete a Transportation Sector HR Strategy, culminating in stakeholder support for establishing a Centre of Excellence for the heavy mechanical trades in BC, offering better facilities, learning and laboratory spaces, tools and equipment, and the opportunity to connect with industry.

Many employers told us they were concerned the vocational training institutions and infrastructure did not meet current or future supply of skilled workers and that BC was falling behind developing a skilled transportation sector workforce.

We collaborated with stakeholders to host exploratory meetings between the leaders of BC Institute of Technology, Vancouver Community College, and Industry. With Government support, we also launched the Transportation Trades Supply and Demand Committee to complete a Transportation Sector HR Strategy, that culminated in stakeholder support for establishing a Centre of Excellence for the heavy mechanical trades in BC, that offered better facilities, learning and laboratory spaces, tools and equipment, and the opportunity to connect with industry.

Through the combined efforts of many people, we now have a new 13,192 square-metre (142,000 square-foot) world-class Motive Power Centre of Excellence on Annacis Island that utilizes the updated heavy mechanical program standards and will meet the future demand for Diesel Engine Mechanics, Heavy Duty Mechanics, Transport Trailer Mechanics, and Truck and Transport Mechanics.

Ambitions

All of transCDA's ambitions had the same goals in mind:

  • To reduce cost per certification
  • Increase continuation rates
  • Increase completion rates
  • Improve efficiency
  • Improve effectiveness

Front-end Loaded Delivery Model

Many employers told us that trades training needs to be flexible and we need to reduce the time apprentices spend away from the worksite taking technical training.

transCDA led an initiative to design, develop and pilot a new front-end loaded delivery model for the heavy mechanical trades at TRU that delivered all classroom training up-front, helped apprentices move into their work-based training already equipped with skills their employer-sponsor needs, and allowed the apprentice to stay in the workplace without interruptions to go back into the classroom.

The front-end loaded delivery model is intended as an alternative route for stakeholders instead of the traditional block-release model where classroom training is spread over four years.

The new model is expected to increase the continuation rates for foundation trainees from 50% to 100%, and increase the certification rates from 30% to 90%.

This is a huge benefit to all stakeholders at a time when we are faced with a growing demand for skilled workers.

"By focusing more classroom training at the beginning of apprenticeships, programs like this one will provide skilled workers that are more productive in the workplace earlier in their apprenticeship years"
Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour, Shirley Bond

Alternate Sponsorship Model

Many foundation trainees and apprentices told us they often have difficulty finding employers to sponsor their work based training.

transCDA led an initiative to design, develop and pilot an alternate sponsorship model with Cullen Diesel Power, Peterbilt Pacific, Inland Kenworth and BC Transit for the heavy mechanical trades.

To qualify for the alternate sponsorship model, candidates attended testing of workplace essential skills, submitted a resume, and completed a pre-screening process to ensure they possessed the necessary attributes required by industry. The pre-screened pool of candidates were shared with potential sponsors who conducted their internal interview and selection process.

Successful applicants received a formal offer of employment subject to their completion of the front-end loaded technical training. Once the technical training was completed, apprentices started their 6000 hours of paid work-based training.

The alternate sponsorship model is expected to increase the caliber of students attending the front-end loaded delivery model and contribute to the increase in continuation rates for foundation trainees from 50% to 100%, and increase the certification rates from 30% to 90%.

This is a huge benefit to all stakeholders at a time when we are faced with a growing demand for skilled workers.

"This apprenticeship pilot is a great example of how we are working with industry and public post-secondary institutions to make that happen."
Minister of Advanced Education, Amrik Virk

Sponsorship Model Diagram

Employer

Industry may identify potential candidates from existing employees, applicants to their organizations for employment, or draw from the talent pool.

Essential Skills

Candidate must meet the minimum essential skills to be considered for entry into the program.

Essential Skills Upgrade

Those who do not meet the standard will be given direction to upgrade their skills before re-applying.

Employer Sponsorship

Candidate is successful in the selection process and registered as an apprentice with an employer. A contract between the employer and the candidate would be put in place, subject to the requirements of the sponsoring company (hiring requirements, success in the program, attendance etc.) with confirmation of a paid job after completion of the in-school training.

In-School Training

Apprentice attends technical training.

Permanent Work Based Training

On successful completion of in-school technical training, the apprentice is employed by the sponsor to complete the workplace training portion of the apprenticeship and receive their CofQ when all program completion requirements are met.

CofQ

The apprentice will receive their Certificate of Qualifications when all program completion requirements are met.

transCDA

Candidate is successful in the selection process and registered as an apprentice with transCDA.

Essential Skills

Candidate must meet the minimum essential skills to be considered for entry into the program.

Essential Skills Upgrade

Those who do not meet the standard will be given direction to upgrade their skills before re-applying.

Prescreened Talent Pool

To maximize seat utilization during technical training, transCDA may review the remaining candidates in the pre-screened talent pool.

Selection

transCDA would select a candidate from the pre-screened talent pool.

Trainer Sponsorship

transCDA would register the candidate as an apprentice.

In-School Training

Apprentice attends technical training.

Transfer Protocol

Once a temporary or permanent employer was obtained through transCDA, transCDA would have sponsorship transferred.

Permanent Work Based Training

As agreed by the steering committee a “clearing house” would occur two months and one month prior to the end of the program to partner and engage those apprentices in the program without an offer of employment with industry. transCDA would then transfer sponsorship to the new employer so the apprentice can complete work based training requirements and receive their CofQ.

CofQ

The apprentice will receive their Certificate of Qualifications when all program completion requirements are met.

Temporary Work Based Training

In the event where an industry employer is not able to make a longer term commitment to work based training, there may be an opportunity, on a limited basis, for transCDA to engage with small and medium employers to partner apprentices in need of workplace training with employers who require workers on a contract or seasonal basis. transCDA would act as the clearinghouse for this activity, coordinate the reporting of hours, while industry would maintain responsibility for paying the apprentices wages and benefits.

CofQ

The apprentice will receive their Certificate of Qualifications when all program completion requirements are met.

TOWES Testing

Many training provider program advisory committees and industry employers told us they were concerned about the calibre of students entering training, and the low apprenticeship program completion rates.

Our program standards committees justified that essential skills testing is critical to ensure the successful program completion and submitted a recommended to ITA that TOWES testing should be a mandatory requirement prior to registration as an apprentice.

We were preparing to act as the conduit for TOWES assessment, and where there were identified essential skills deficiencies, delivering coaching and/or training to improve the probability of program entry and increasing apprenticeship completion rates.

ePORTFOLIO Project

Many heavy construction industry employers and apprentices told us they were concerned about the effectiveness and low utilization of paper based logbooks. After broad consultation, transCDA launched an ePortfolio pilot to test the effectiveness of an online solution that would automate communication through embedded process workflow and increase the program completion rates.

The ePortfolio is an online logbook to track work based training hours and competencies that are learned on the job and at technical training. transCDA successful ran a pilot of the ePortfolio in 2014 for the Heavy Equipment Operator – Civil trade. Generally logbooks are long, confusing, hard to complete and are often lost. However the ePortfolio is clear, concise and easy to use.

Going forward transCDA, as well as industry, wanted to move towards online logbooks for not only the Heavy Equipment Operator – Civil trade but for the Aerospace programs (Aerospace Production Technician, Aircraft Maintenance Technician, and Aircraft Structures Technician) and Heavy Mechanical Group of trades (Diesel Engine Mechanic, Heavy Duty Mechanic, Transport Trailer Mechanic and Truck and Transport Mechanic).

Legacy

Donations

transCDA will continue to support apprentices and industry long after the closure of the Association. We understand how important it is to train with the proper tools and equipment, therefore a Grader simulator has been donated to the Operating Engineers Training Association.

Bursaries

Through BCIT, Northern Lights College, Okanagan College, Thompson Rivers University, Vancouver Community College and Vancouver Island University bursaries will be given to 240 foundation trainees in the Heavy Mechanical Trades (Diesel Engine Mechanic, Heavy Duty Mechanic, Transport Trailer Mechanic and Truck and Transport Mechanic) to assist with tuition fees.

$240,000.00
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$40,000.00

Testimonials

Vic Carreira

Director of Fleet Maintenance, Coast Mountain Bus Company

As a transCDA board member for just over one year I have had the privilege of working with a number very competent Transportation Industry and Organized Labour Leaders in the advancement of skilled labour availability and education. The transCDA organization has provided significant direction to the ITA , education providers and other stakeholders on improvements to the industries' apprenticeship programs.

transCDA was also instrumental in increasing the understanding and awareness of training programs among workers and employers in the Transportation Industry. transCDA had responsibility for four main program sectors (Aerospace, Marine, Ground and Construction) including 4 Red Seal (interprovincial) Programs, all the way from foundation, through apprenticeship. They introduced a multiphase process for program development, facilitating industry subject matter experts to deliver standard programs by listening to industry needs. One the best examples of this was the implementation of the 36 week Heavy Duty Mechanic Foundation Program.

Brian Sims

Retired, Council of Marine Carriers

As a founding member and succeeding board member of transCDA I was privileged to work with a group of very able Transportation Industry and Labour Leaders in the development and advancement of skilled labour. transCDA has provided valuable direction to the ITA, education providers and other stakeholders on implementation and improvements to the transportation industry apprenticeship and training programs. A special recognition to the CEO and staff is offered for their successful and efficient manner of carrying out the policies and mandate of the transCDA board and also for their leadership in areas which also benefited other ITO organizations.

Grant Stevens

transCDA Board of Directors Chair & Director of Human Resources, Kelowna Flight Craft

I have been Chair of the transCDA board for two years, part of transCDA for over five years, and involved in the apprenticeship program as an employer for 25 years in British Columbia. The relationship between employers, training institutions and the ITA is critical to the success of developing young people into qualified tradesmen and women. It is these people who are the foundation to allow the Province of BC to grow and prosper.

The staff at TransCDA worked hard to bridge the gap between employer needs and expectations, training institution programs, and consistent program standards. Not content to simply accept status quo, I believe transCDA was an industry leader in BC in our push for program improvements. We saw intake assessments, improved and consistent standards, new delivery methods, and a stronger connection between apprentices and industry as key to developing higher skills and increased completion rates.

I am proud of the work transCDA completed over the last 6 year, and am sorry to see the work we completed re-absorbed into a larger ITA organization. Through strong industry and labour collaboration, we added several new apprenticeship programs, and improved every program our staff touched. A benefit felt by our industry partners.

On behalf of the transCDA Board, a big thank you to everyone who worked with or on behalf of transCDA to support the growing needs of Rail, Road, Marine and Aviation.

I hope you will take the opportunity to support the Sectoral Advisor Groups (SAGs) being established across BC industries in the fall of 2014. It is important for industry to provide labour market information and training needs to the ITA.

Joe Elworthy

transCDA Board of Directors, President Unifor Local 2200, Financial Secretary Unifor National Skilled Trades Council, Trustee to various Pension and Health and Wellness Trusts in British Columbia.

As a director of the transCDA board of governance, since its inception in 2008, it has been an honour and a privilege to work with the great team of directors; CEO; Board Chairs; consultants; and support staff; who have been developing and reviewing apprenticeship and skills training in the numerous Transportation Sector trades in the province of British Columbia.

The accomplishments of transCDA as a Joint Labour / Management organization can be witnessed in the quality of the decision making of the Board, from its founding meeting in 2008 to its devolution in 2014. The positive impact, influence and innovation of the decisions and recommendations on apprenticeship program development and review, will be transCDA's legacy, long into the future.

It was the ability of the transCDA board to transcend any political and philosophical differences that may exist between Organized Labour, Management and other stakeholders and act in the best interest of all the parties that made for a unique and meaningful experience over the six (6) years of activity.

Based in current Government legislated changes to the ITA structure, transCDA must now “hand the torch” to the successor organization responsible for the evolution of apprenticeship and trades training in British Columbia, with a new mandate.

Mentorship, as a means of passing of knowledge in the field of apprenticeship and skills training, is as old as mankind itself. It is also as resilient as our species and will continue to evolve, change and adapt to the various structures, socio-economic and environmental conditions that are forever evolving and will continue to do so.

It is now time to work on the next evolutionary model of apprenticeship and skills training that we have been presented with in BC, under the new ITA structure.I am confident that, given the opportunity to do so, the legacy of transCDA will live on in the success that we achieved and the culture that was fostered.

To my fellow Board members; CEO; consultants; and support staff; your unreserved commitment, dedication and innovation will live on and carry on. I wish all of you every success in your future endeavours. The eternal cycle of knowledge transfer that has been well served by your vigilance. Well done all.

Frank Carr

transCDA Board of Director, Business Representative, International Union of Operating Engineers Local 115

I had the opportunity to participate on the board of transCDA for one year on behalf of the BC Federation of Labour and the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 115 as one of the Labour Representatives.

The mission of transCDA was to enable high-quality training, skills and career development services to employers and workers in transportation sectors in BC.

The influence and direction from the team involved at transCDA will continue on for decades to come with the opening of the new BCIT/VCC School of Transportation Motive Power Institute (Center of Excellence) leaving a lasting legacy and training the next generation of skilled transportation workers. It was an honour to be involved.

Allan Cullen

Founding transCDA Board of Directors Chairman, and President of Cullen Diesel Power Ltd.

transCDA was established by dedicated industry representatives to advance the very specific trades training requirements of the BC transportation industries. Through a very dedicated and professional staff these training requirements were thoroughly developed and designed to the satisfaction of the transportation industry stakeholders.

As a participant in this process, I am proud of the work done by the transCDA staff and all of the volunteers from the industry, associated trade unions and training institutions.

I know that my company, for one, has definitely benefitted from the complete upgrading of the Heavy Duty Technician training program. I am sorry to see that transCDA's responsibilities are being reassigned by the ITA. However the legacy of transCDA will continue with the changes that it has implemented.

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Get Involved

transCDA has been the conduit for industry and we have successfully paved the way for you, industry employers, to be actively engaged with your respective Sector Advisory Groups at Industry Training Authority (ITA).

Industry through its labour market information, will be able to influence the right investment in the right locations for the right occupations, so industry can have an adequate and qualified competent workforce.

Sectors Advisory Group ITA Contact
Aerospace, Forestry, Manufacturing, Mining Tracey McLennan
778-327-5891
tmclennan@itabc.ca
Automotive, Tourism & Hospitality, Transportation & Transit Diane Evans
778-785-2418
devans@itabc.ca
Construction Cory Williams
778-785-2430
cwilliams@itabc.ca
LNG, Marine & Ship Building Jerome Rodriguez
778-327-5890
jrodriguez@itabc.ca

Industry Training Authority (ITA) is interested in engaging with Sector Advisory Groups (SAG's) to collect advice on the most important and relevant sectoral training strategies to address labour market demand. While the Government is looking for input on:

  • Data assumptions and data sets collected by government to generate labour market forecasts
  • Actual labour market forecasts generated by government, which will form the basis of training targets of ITA
  • High-level policy issues related to the skills training system

Special Thanks

  • Industry

  • Aboriginal Skills Group
  • Acres Enterprises
  • Aggregate Producers Association of BC
  • Allied/Tri-Shore Yachts Group
  • Asco
  • Avcorp
  • BA Blacktop
  • Babine Truck and Equipment Ltd.
  • Bayview Yacht Sales and Service
  • Bayview Yachts
  • BC Aboriginal Mine Training Association
  • BC for Marine Carriers
  • BC Marine Trades Association
  • BC Road Builders Heavy Construction Association
  • BC Transit
  • BC Trucking Association
  • Berry and Smith Trucking
  • BFI
  • Bid Right Contracting
  • Blackline Marine Inc.
  • Boathouse Marine and Leisure
  • Campion Marine Inc.
  • Canadian Forces
  • Canadian Pacific Railway
  • Canmar Yacht Sales
  • Canoe Cove Marina & Boatyard
  • Cariboo Road Services
  • Cascade Aerospace
  • Christian Labour Association of Canada
  • City of Campbell River
  • City of North Vancouver
  • City of Vancouver
  • City Yards of Penticton
  • Coal Harbour Marina
  • Coast Mountain Bus Company
  • Columbia Bitulithic
  • Conair
  • Cookson Motors Ltd.
  • Cullen Diesel Power
  • Cummins
  • Cummins Western Canada
  • DGS Astro Paving
  • Ed Smith Trucking
  • Emcon Services
  • Emil Anderson Construction
  • Excel Transportation Inc.
  • Farmco Sales
  • Finning
  • Formula Contractors
  • Fortis BC
  • Freightliner of Kelowna
  • Fremantle Truck and Trailer
  • Galleon Marine
  • Gartside Marine Engines
  • Gear O Rama Supply
  • Grandview Blacktop
  • Hall Constructors
  • Haney Marine Sales and Service
  • HMS Services
  • Hoban Equipment
  • Howard McKinnon Trucking
  • Howe Sound Marine Ltd
  • IDL Projects
  • Imperial Paving
  • Inland Kenworth
  • Inland Kenworth Parker Pacific
  • Interior Logging Association
  • Interior Roads Ltd.
  • Interoute Construction
  • IRL Truck Centre
  • Island Timberland
  • Jacob Brothers Construction
  • Jim Anderson Ltd.
  • JJM Group
  • Kelequip Diesel Ltd.
  • Kelowna Flight Craft
  • Kim Wiest Contractors
  • King Fisher Boats
  • Ladysmith Marina
  • Lehigh Contracting
  • Little River Boat World
  • Lomak Bulk Carriers Corp
  • M&P Mercury
  • Madiera Marina
  • Mainroad Holdings Ltd.
  • MTU Canada
  • Nanaimo Boatyard
  • Nanaimo Marine Centre
  • Nanaimo Yacht Services
  • Nechaco Northcoast Construction
  • Nor Tech Trenchless
  • Ocean Pacific Marine Store and Boatyard
  • Ocean Truck and Trailer
  • Oceanside Equipment
  • Operating Engineers Local 115
  • OTS
  • Pacific Avionics
  • Pacific Yachting Enterprises Ltd.
  • Panda Trucking
  • Park Isle Marine
  • Payne's Marine Group
  • Penner's Heavy Duty Parts and Supplies
  • Peter Kiewet Sons
  • Peterbuilt
  • Peterbuilt Pacific Inc.
  • Petro West
  • Philbrook's Boat Yard Ltd.
  • Prairie Coast Equipment
  • Prince George Truck and Equipment
  • Pro Boat Clean
  • Progressive Diesel Ltd.
  • Quigley Contracting
  • R&L Excavating
  • Raven Marine Services
  • Regional District of Nanaimo
  • RFM Contracting
  • Rotorblaze Aerospace
  • RW Blacktop
  • Shearwater Marine Group
  • Sherwood Marine Centre
  • SMS Equipment
  • Specialty Yacht Sales
  • Spence Contracting
  • Stantec Consulting Ltd.
  • Stem to Stern Marine Services
  • Teamsters
  • TECK Cominco
  • Teck Resources Limited
  • Terus Construction
  • Tolko Industries
  • Translink
  • Transport Canada
  • TT Contractors Ltd.
  • Unifor
  • Vector Aerospace
  • Vector Yacht Services/Boat Yard
  • Viking Air
  • Volvo Penta Canada
  • Wajax
  • Waterous Power
  • West Bay Son Ship Yacht Builders Ltd
  • West Vancouver Yacht Club
  • Western Coal
  • Western Marine Company
  • Yacht Sales West
  • Yellow Head Road and Bridge
  • Training Providers

  • BCIT
  • Camosun College
  • College of New Caledonia
  • International Union of Operating Engineers Local 115
  • North Island College
  • Northern Lights College
  • Northwest Community College
  • Okanagan College
  • Selkirk College
  • Thompson Rivers University
  • Vancouver Community College
  • Vancouver Island University
  • University of the Fraser Valley
  • Board of Directors

  • Aaron Lamb BC Transit
  • Allan Cullen, Founding Board Chair Cullen Diesel Power
  • Brian Cochrane, Founding Member Operating Engineers Local 115
  • Brian Sims, Founding Member Council of Marine Carriers
  • Chuck Symons, Founding Member Teamsters
  • Dave Vallely Coast Mountain Bus Company
  • Don Doerksen Teamsters
  • Frank Carr Operating Engineers Local 115
  • Geoff Stevens, Founding Member Industry Training Authority
  • Grant Stevens, Board Chair Kelowna Flight Craft
  • Jack Davidson, Founding Member BC Road Builders Heavy Construction Association
  • Jim Beiderwieden Inland Kenworth
  • Jim Cochran, Founding Member Coast Mountain Bus Company
  • Joe Elworthy, Founding Member Unifor
  • Joe Wrobel, Founding Member BC Road Builders Heavy Construction Association
  • John Madden, Founding Member Translink
  • Louise Yako, Founding Member BC Trucking Association
  • Steve Venoit, Ex-Officio Member Coast Mountain Bus Company
  • Victor Carreira Coast Mountain Bus Company
  • Contractors/Consultants

  • Dan McFaull
  • Dick Vanier
  • Greg Tolliday
  • Heather Stewart
  • Lisa Dooling
  • Roslyn Kunin
  • Ted Weicker
  • Staff

  • Chelsea Taylor
  • Don Davidson
  • Greg Shorland
  • Jen Rasmussen
  • Kent Orrock
  • Rita Gunkel
  • Russel Robertson
  • "The power of bold ideas uttered publicly by transforming leaders with vision, initiative, patience and persistence. They are the ones who bring meaning, who happen to inspire, who spark a fire that we carry with us, who are pillars of hope, system-changers, life-changers. These special people who speak out in such a way are precious catalysts for change."

    -Russel Robertson, CEO, transCDA