Construction unions in B.C. are asking the provincial government to include labour as an equal partner in the governance bodies of the Industry Training Authority and on Industry Training Organizations.
“Premier Clark has a plan to create jobs and stimulate economic growth, but for this plan to be beneficial to British Columbians, we need to have enough skilled workers,” said Tom Sigurdson, executive director of the BC and Yukon Building and Construction Trades Council.
“This government changed the model that governs the apprenticeship system about 10 years ago and now B.C. is the only jurisdiction in Canada that is exclusively industry driven. Other provinces have an apprenticeship model based on tripartite partnerships.”
Construction unions support the new projects announced under the premier’s job plan, such as new mines and hydro projects.