Key Initiatives

Through face to face meetings, informal networking, and self-appointed committee and task force work, CETABC members are working together on several key initiatives designed to advance adult and workforce education; facilitate collaboration, and expand access to shared resources and professional development:  

Enhancing Competitiveness - For over 40 years, CETABC members have been setting the standard for adult and workforce training in all regions and virtually every community in BC. We routinely compare and evaluate every aspect of our contract training services, continuously looking for ways to enhance our value and effectiveness.

Making Our Case - CETABC members are responsible for much of the increased capacity, responsiveness, and innovation in adult education and workforce skills training in BC. Our work in continuing education and contract training is inextricably entwined with the fabric of community, regional economic development, and the well being of families and workers and individuals. Yet for all this, we have a relatively low profile.  A key initiative of CETABC is to better document the impact we have and raise awareness of the services and the expertise available through our 15 member institutions.

Benchmarking Performance - CETABC members are rigorous about improving best practices by collecting meaningful data to track performance effectiveness and outcomes. Are we providing youth and adults with access to the training they need?  Are we helping them achieve meaningful, relevant skills gains?  Are they going on to pursue further education, gain employment, or advance their career? And are we helping to reduce the workforce skills shortages plaguing BC's employers? Tracking the socio-economic, community, and labour market outcomes of continuing education and contract training in BC is one of the key intiatives of CETABC.

Working Collaboratively - CETABC members have a long history of dialogue and collaboration. Every year, CETABC hosts an annual 2-day Forum where continuing education and contract training professionals from around the province convene to share ideas, explore innovative practices, and build new skills.  Throughout the year, members assemble in committees and task forces to advance specific, strategic initiatives for which they have a particular passion.  Ours is a strong collaborative network - self-determining, self-sustaining.

Sharing Resources - Building on our members' respective areas of expertise is what sets BC's continuing education and contract training system apart.  CETABC is working to expand our central, online Library of Resoures - including a pooled inventory of curriculum, operational, legal, human resources, financial, business development, and labour market information from across our 15 member institutions.  

Building Social Capital - CETABC is a vital network of continuing education and contract training professionals from 15 colleges, institutes, and regional universities across the province.  In addition to in person and teleconference dialogue, the Members Only portion of our CETABC website facilitates unlimited connection via messaging, discussion streams, polls and surveys, information and resource sharing, as well as platforms for strategic business development, brainstorming, and innovation.