Indigenous Skills Training Plan part of the
Industry Training Authority's initiatives in B.C.
The Industry Training Authority (ITA) is aiming to increase the number of Indigenous people entering and staying in apprenticeships. They have been working on new initiatives to support that, including the ITA Indigenous Skills Training Plan. The plan will outline ITA’s pathway forward from a regional perspective, respecting the diversity and uniqueness of Indigenous communities, their economies, and their labour needs and demands.
Indigenous Inclusion Strategy
They also recently finalized an ITA Indigenous Inclusion Strategy, which outlines how to incorporate Indigenous world views, culture, knowledge, traditional practices and foresight into ITA policies, processes, programs, systems, and services. The plan aims to remove current barriers to the success of Indigenous individuals in trades and apprenticeship training. They’re working with Indigenous leaders, communities, and stakeholders to identify ways to improve access to, and success in trades training—resulting in meaningful employment.
Indigenous Trades and Apprenticeship Forum
They are also working with Indigenous Skills and Employment Training (ISET) program service delivery organizations to host Indigenous Trades and Apprenticeship Forums across B.C. to develop models for training, recruiting, and retaining Indigenous people in the trades. Employers, educational institutions, unions, and associations will be invited to discuss models of successful partnerships and learn about local Indigenous communities.
The B.C. based Mentorship Matters program is a joint venture between SkillPlan BC and the Electrical Joint Training Committee. ITA is partnering with them to incorporate Indigenous knowledge, beliefs, and world views into the program to help all apprentices and employers remove barriers to success along an individual’s apprenticeship pathway.
The mission at ITA is to build the trade careers that build B.C. and they are making Indigenous people across the province part of that mission.
If you’re Indigenous and interested in exploring or entering the skilled trades, or you’re an employer interested in hiring and training Indigenous apprentices in B.C., visit the Indigenous Peoples in Trades section on their website.