/R E P E A T — Media Advisory – Meeting the B.C. Jobs Challenge/

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VANCOUVER, Dec. 1, 2011, /CNW/ – Building on a vision of collaboration and innovation, the Industry Training Authority (ITA) is bringing together more than 100 key industry players from around the province to explore what B.C.’s industry training system must do to prepare for skill shortages expected by 2015 and beyond.

Where: Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue 580 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
When: Monday, December 5th, 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
Who: Keynote Speakers:

Pat Bell, Minister of Jobs, Tourism, and Innovation
Kevin Evans, CEO ITA
Ken Peacock, Vice President/Chief Economist, Business Council of BC
Don Wright, President, BCIT
Jim Sinclair, President, BC Federation of Labour
David Fehr, President, BID Construction

The conference will feature dialogue by employers and representatives of government, industry, organized labour, training providers, and agencies serving underemployed segments of the workforce.

Participants will focus on mid and long-term industry training needs, including workplace training and skills recognition.

The conference builds on the 2010 Apprenticeship and Skills Training Conference sponsored by the BC Federation of Labour and follows a commitment made in Canada Starts Here: The BC Jobs Plan to enhance access to skills training throughout the province.


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