Canada’s Industry Training Authority (ITA) and the Vancouver Convention Centre (VCC) are set to again stage exams for skilled trades professionals in British Columbia (BC). The news provides a welcome fillip for the local economy.
Six hundred skilled trades apprentices are expected to take exams in the centre over the course of the summer now that the examination process is able to resume, having been delayed by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The ITA exams will serve as one of the first events held at the VCC as the facility resumes operations within safety guidelines set by British Columbia’s Provincial Health Officer.
Each exam session will accommodate up to 10 apprentices, who are taking their Certificate of Qualification and Interprovincial exams. Over the summer, ITA expects to support up to 600 apprentices who currently aren’t able to write exams in their regular location, due to physical distancing restrictions.
“I am happy to see the collaborative effort by the ITA and the VCC supporting our skilled trades apprentices by ensuring learners have access to safe winning conditions to complete their credential and pursue their passion for the trades,” said Melanie Mark, minister of advanced education, skills and training. “Now more than ever, we need young apprentices to cross the finish line with the skills to continue building the best B.C.”
The VCC created a comprehensive safety plan including: set-up designed to adhere to physical distancing; enhanced cleaning and sanitisation procedures; use of protective barriers where necessary; specialised training for Centre staff and educational signage throughout the facility.
VCC general manager Craig Lehto added: “Our team has worked diligently to adapt our processes and equip the facility, so that we can host events once again, safely, and thoughtfully. Now, we are excited to welcome the ITA and other local clients through our doors and begin contributing to the economic recovery of our province.”
Photograph by Kristopher Grunert