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  • July 30, 2018 10:09 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    An ASPECT member recently received legal information pertaining to contracting and competition. She and her lawyer have consented to share the information with ASPECT members to help prepare for the Employment Program of BC RFP and other government RFP's expected in the coming months. Although this information does not replace an organization's need to seek their own legal advice, it will give ASPECT members the opportunity to identify needs and concerns.

    Click here for the full document.

  • July 24, 2018 4:13 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Earlier this month, Katrina Chen, Minister of State for Child Care in BC announced that there will be 22,000 new licensed spaces coming over the next three years. Having safe, affordable, child care is a significant barrier to employment and ASPECT is supportive of this initiative. In recent conversations with one of our members, however, we learned that there are challenges ahead:

    1. There's currently a shortage of Early Childhood Educators (ECEs) and ECE Assistants to fill current needs, let alone an expansion of services.
    2. Online training is a good first step, but formalized on-the-job training is needed to fully understand the complexities of the job.
    3. ECEs are in high demand from school disctricts who pay more, offer better hours, and benefits. Those operating child care services are having challenges attracting and retaining qualified staff.
    ASPECT, along with one of our members, is looking at how we can help mitigate the challenges of meeting child care needs while providing employers, service providers, and clients. We are meeting with diverse groups, government, and employers who are already addressing these issues to determine what's being done and to come up with a solution to present to government. If you have any ideas or comments, I invite your feedback.  

  • July 16, 2018 12:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Late last week the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction released its list of qualified respondents who will be invited to proceed to the Request for Proposal (RFP) stage of the new EPBC contract. To see the list, click here.

    There are some surprises in some catchments as current prime contractors did not make the "qualified" list. It will be interesting to see who will move forward on the RFP when it is expected to be released later this month. ASPECT has been asking government to release the financial model in advance of the RFP, but have been told that the current procurement climate will not allow this. What was done in the 2011 cannot be done now. ASPECT has also asked that the RFP for the Assisted Technologies and Apprentice contracts , which closed last Thursday, be released. The response from government that they will release it as soon as they can, but it likely will not be until after the contracts are awarded. 

    What are your thoughts? Send me an email or post a public comment below.

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