Parksville policy adopted at B.C. chamber AGM

Apprenticeship completion rates policy put forward by local chamber

A policy on improving apprenticeship completion rates put forward by the Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce passed at the BC Chamber of Commerce annual General Meeting and Conference held in Kamloops.

Kim Burden, executive director for the Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce said, “The unanimous acceptance of this policy by the Chambers from across the province demonstrates the need for skill development in our workforce. We are optimistic the provincial government will recognize the need to improve the completion rates of apprentices to Red Seal Tradespeople to ensure a smooth succession from retiring tradespeople.”

The policy was passed unanimously and is now an official B.C. chamber policy and will be advocated by the chamber to appropriate levels of government over 2018 and 2019.

The chamber recommends the provincial government: should discontinue modularized training and certification; and should reinstate compulsory certification, in alignment with the rest of Canada, accompanied using a clear framework for the review of trades with an effective compliance and enforcement policy, based on evidence-based analysis and input from industry.

“The Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce is proud to see this policy pass and receive support from our peers across the province,” said Burden.

“Our chamber is committed to creating a more business-friendly region and a more business-friendly B.C.”

The B.C. chamber AGM and conference is held in a different B.C. community each year.

The event is the largest annual business policy forum in the province, according to a news release from the Parksville and District Chamber of Commerce.

Every year, member chambers of the BC Chamber develop and submit policies for the consideration of their peers. This year, 52 policies were up for debate at the B.C. Chamber of Commerce AGM.

— Submitted by the Parksville and District Chamber of Commerce

Just Posted

Travel back to the Middle Ages at Errington Medieval Faire

Heartwood Home Learners will transform hall on May 4

Stuck in the muck in a stolen truck

Oceanside RCMP nab suspect after call from Errington logging contractor

Oceanside RCMP: ‘Steal from cars, go behind bars’

Man in custody after pair of vehicles broken into in French Creek; officer breaks ankle during arrest

Large ‘problematic’ tree removed from Qualicum Beach golf course

Lombardy Poplar tree taken down by town, member upset

SD69 students set new mark at Skills BC event

Three elementary schools reach medal podium

VIDEO: Killer whales hunt for seals in Vancouver harbour

Bigg’s killer whales feed on marine mammals like seals, sea lions, dolphins and even other whales

VIDEO: B.C.’s waving granny gets incredible send-off from school kids

Tinney Davidson has been waving at students on their way to school for over 11 years, but is moving in a month

Struggling B.C. adoption agency elects new board that intends to keep it open

The previous board announced that Choices would close May 31

Island-born Snowbirds pilot enjoying homecoming in skies over Comox

Logan Reid once stood clinging onto the fence outside the Comox Air… Continue reading

Attack on student in Courtenay ‘way more than bullying’, says mom

A Comox Valley mother said “it was way more than bullying” at… Continue reading

Vancouver man, 19, charged in human trafficking case involving teen girl

The 16-year-old girl was reported missing and later discovered in Vancouver

Blaine, Wash. inn owner, charged with smuggling people into B.C., granted bail

Robert Joseph Boule ordered to turn away anyone indicating a plan to enter Canada illegally

Most Read