B.C. encouraging students to consider careers in the trades

The B.C. government is investing an additional $1.1 million to encourage students to pursue a future in skilled trades, announced John Yap, Minister of Advanced Education, Innovation and Technology.

“We want young people to see that a life-long career in the trades is a very smart choice, offering a secure future in a rewarding, respected, skilled and well-paying career,” said Yap. “Under the BC Jobs Plan, and as part of our new Skills and Training Plan, we want to encourage more students in the K-to-12 system to be thinking about – and training for – careers in the trades. Raising the profile of careers in the skilled trades and engaging employers for the critical role they play in industry training will benefit B.C., industry, today’s apprentices and the skilled trades learners of tomorrow.”

“Employers are the lifeblood of the apprenticeship system with eighty per cent of apprenticeship training taking place on the job,” said Kevin Evans, CEO, ITA. “The added investment in employer engagement will help us recognize and celebrate our current employer sponsors while also encouraging more employers to join in and sponsor apprentices.”

The B.C. government invests over $100 million annually in industry training through the ITA. This is on top of the $1.9 billion annually -- $5 million daily -- through the Ministry of Advanced Education, Innovation and Technology to operate B.C.'s public post-secondary system.