Industry Training Authority Appoints New CEO

    VANCOUVER, Sept. 17 /CNW/ - The Industry Training Authority announced
today that Kevin Evans has been appointed its chief executive officer,
effective October 1st.
    Evans, who is currently chief operating officer, was previously vice
president of the Retail Council of Canada and chair of the Coalition of BC
Businesses. He succeeds CEO Brian Clewes, who has announced his decision to
establish an independent management consulting practice.
    "I would like to congratulate Brian Clewes on leading the creation of an
immensely successful training system that provides expanded opportunities for
British Columbians, and better meets industry and labor market needs," said
Minister of Economic Development, Colin Hansen. "He has left his mark on B.C."
    Among its achievements since it was established in early 2004 to expand
and improve B.C.'s industry training system, the ITA has:

    -   Increased the number of registered apprentices in the province by
        140 per cent, to over 35,000;
    -   Increased the number of youth in apprenticeship training programs by
        more than 450 per cent, to approximately 5,000;
    -   Increased employer sponsorship of apprentices by 48 per cent, to
        nearly 10,000;
    -   Developed a strategy to give industry greater leadership of the
        training system, resulting in the formation of six Industry Training
        Organizations in key sectors like commercial and residential
        construction, automotive repair, horticulture, resource industries
        and tourism;
    -   Standardized training programs and delivery costs, resulting in a
        15 per cent reduction in the average cost of a training seat;
    -   Introduced innovative training delivery models like e-learning and a
        mobile training unit in Northern BC; and
    -   Expanded training capacity through greater use of regional community
        colleges and qualified private trainers.

    "Kevin's appointment is the conclusion of a well-planned succession
strategy," said Frank Borowicz, QC, chair of the ITA board. "We have every
confidence that the ITA's success will continue under his leadership."
    The Industry Training Authority is the Crown agency responsible for
governing, expanding and improving B.C.'s apprenticeship training system. The
ITA works with apprentices, employers and other stakeholders to ensure British
Columbians have access to quality training and skilled workers.

For further information:

For further information: Lisa Dooling, Director of Communications &
Marketing, (604) 671-8710,

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