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February 12, 2015
ITA continues to drive B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint and respond to industry needs
Richmond, BC — The Industry Training Authority (ITA) today announced that it has formed the Manufacturing Sector Advisory Group, which is tasked with the essential role of advising government and ITA on industry-specific issues key to skills training.
The Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters British Columbia and The Alliance for Manufacturing in BC led the consultation and recruitment of members for this Sector Advisor Group. The Group will include members representing manufacturers with a history of championing and employing tradespeople. It includes representation from small, medium and large firms from across key sectors of manufacturing such as building materials, food processing, and metal fabrication. Additionally there is representation from the Aboriginal community within the Sector Advisory Group.
Manufacturing is BC’s third largest source of employment providing over 163,500 direct manufacturing jobs. The sector is the fourth largest contributor to provincial GDP (7.2 per cent) after retail, construction and real-estate. At more than 65 per cent, the industry remains the primary source of exports for BC. The sector is experiencing growth and 2014 has been a strong year for the province’s manufacturers.
“The Manufacturing Sector Advisory Group will have an important role in helping government set priorities for skills training funding, aligning it with what the sector needs,” says Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour. “A key goal of B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint is to build stronger partnerships with industry and labour to deliver training and apprenticeships. It’s great to see the Blueprint working to keep B.C.’s diversified economy strong and growing.”
Gary Herman, CEO of ITA
“The Manufacturing Sector Advisory Group is our third group to be formed. We are very excited about this collaboration, especially because BC’s manufacturing sector is seeing growth at such a rapid pace.
Minister Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Ministry Responsible for Labour
The sector is producing an ever widening range of value-added products from building materials to aerospace components to electronics and clothing. As such, our Sector Advisory Groups are key components to making sure that the province has the right skills, in the right place, at the right time based on labour market demand.”
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About the BCAFM:
The BC Alliance for Manufacturing is a coalition of 18 like-minded manufacturing industry associations with a common vision to promote a world-class manufacturing sector in British Columbia. The Alliance speaks with one voice on priority issues to advance and defend the interests of manufacturers to ensure that all British Columbians continue to benefit from the economic growth, high-value outputs and high-paying jobs found across all types of manufacturing in the province.
In British Columbia manufacturing is the fourth largest component of provincial GDP contributing 7.2% of the provincial economy and 30% of the business tax revenue paid to government. Manufacturing is the third largest employer in BC with more than 12,000 companies employing almost 400,000 jobs directly and indirectly. Value-added manufacturing represents almost 65% of BC’s exports.
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