Youth Trades Training Program Renaming Questions
Q: WHAT ARE THE NEW PROGRAM NAMES AND LOGOS?
Q: WHY DID THE PROGRAM NAMES CHANGE?
A: The program names were changed to create more clarity for students, educators and parents. Acronyms such as ACE IT (Accelerated Credit Enrollment in IndustryTraining) were long and difficult to explain. The new names better reflect how students move through trades programs. Plus, they are easier to remember!
Q: DID YOU DO ANY CONSULTATIONS BEFORE THE UPDATE?
A: Yes, ITA conducted extensive consultation with a comprehensive group of stakeholders, including students, educators, parents, and industry. There was a unanimous need for earlier access to trades for students and a streamlined youth trades training program.
The current and updated names were also tested with students and educators. The updated names were easier to follow as well as to remember.
Q: WHEN WILL THE NEW NAMES BE LAUNCHED?
A: Fall 2016, with a transition year to follow.
As of the 2017-18 school year, all ITA Youth Trades Training programs will be referred to by the new names and logos.
Q: HOW WILL THE RENAMING AFFECT STUDENTS, EDUCATORS, AND SCHOOLS?
A: The new names were developed in conjunction with the Ministry of Education. New course names, course codes and registration information will be provided to schools prior to January 2017.
The format and content of the programs will stay the same, but additional program funding will provide additional opportunities for students to try the trades earlier in their education, and identify if the trades are a good fit for them.
Q: WHEN WILL I RECEIVE NEW PROGRAM MATERIALS AT MY SCHOOL DISTRICT?
A: By October 2016 you’ll receive brochures, posters, trades guides and tear sheets to help students get acquainted with the new programs. For digital resources, teaching materials and info sheets please visit http://youth.skilledtradesbc.ca/educators/educators-resources/
Q: WHAT DO I DO WITH ALL OF THE RESOURCES I ALREADY HAVE FOR ACE IT AND SSA? CAN I STILL USE THEM?
A: Yes, feel free to use the resources until they run out.
ITA will continue to update and refine resources throughout the year and provide these to schools.
New and old materials can be used interchangeably until the 2017 school year.
Q: WHAT IS THE YOUTH WORK IN TRADES AWARD?
A: It is the new name of the SSA Scholarship. Eligibility and selection process remains the same.