A new online tool to help connect Lower Mainland apprentices seeking on-the-job-training has been released.
The online Apprentice Job Match tool is located on WorkBC's website which has over 20,000 visitors daily and 10,000 job postings.
According to the ITA, finding an employer sponsor is one of the biggest hurdles to a successful apprenticeship. There are over 37,000 registered apprentices in B.C., and over 9,400 employer sponsors.
The tool was launched Nov. 7 by the Industry Training Authority and WorkBC at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT), where Foundation program students, local employers, and other industry stakeholders joined Minister Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs , Richard T. Lee, MLA for Burnaby North, and Jeff Nugent, ITA COO, to learn more about how the tool works, and how it can assist them in their job or apprentice search.
"Ensuring that apprentices and employers connect is critical to a successful apprenticeship. 80 per cent of an apprentice's journey is spent in practical training under the guidance of the employer," says Jeff Nugent, ITA COO. "ITA is excited to launch this invaluable online Apprentice Job Match tool."
The government of British Columbia declared Nov. 7 "Apprenticeship Recognition Day", explaining that the annual day will help raise awareness of the importance of developing a highly trained and skilled workforce for key sectors of BC's growing economy where skilled trades are needed.
"As a foundation student, you are brand new to the industry and it can be difficult getting your foot in the door with a company to begin your apprenticeship," said Tanner White, BCIT piping Foundation program student. "This new Apprentice Job Match tool can help students like me to not only gain initial employment, but also help to seek new employment opportunities throughout our apprenticeship."