Local students will be among the nearly 1,400 British Columbians receiving the training they need for jobs in their communities, thanks to the federal and provincial partnership under the Canada Job Fund.

This includes more than $809,000 for Project-Based Training (PBT) programs offered in multiple B.C. regions including the Thompson-Okanagan:

  • Canadian Vocational Training Centre: $229,136 for Traffic Control Professional program in Prince George, Quesnel, Williams Lake, Kelowna and Vernon.
  • Vancouver Community College: $419,121 for the Working in Natural Gas (WiNG) program in Vancouver, Kelowna, Vernon, Prince George and the Malahat Reserve.
  • Sprott Shaw College: $160,823 for Skills for Work Program in Kamloops, Kelowna and Penticton.

These three programs are now underway with training expected to finish by the end of February 2016. They are part of a total investment of more than $10.4 million in 46 training programs benefiting British Columbians across the province thanks to the Canada–B.C. Job Fund Agreement under the Employer-Sponsored Training stream.

“B.C. will see nearly one million job openings in the next decade due to retirements and economic growth—and post-secondary education or trades training will be required for nearly 8 out of 10 of these positions,” says Norm Letnick, MLA for Kelowna-Lake Country. “These programs will give students the tools they need to succeed in the job market.”

“Project-Based Training programs help give Kelowna students a foundation for a career in the skilled trades, which are in high demand across the province,” says Steve Thomson, MLA for Kelowna-Mission. “This funding will set them on a path to success in their chosen field.”

“B.C. will see nearly one million job openings in the next decade due to retirements and economic growth—and post-secondary education or trades training will be required for nearly 8 out of 10 of these positions,” says Norm Letnick, MLA for Kelowna-Lake Country. “These programs will give students the tools they need to succeed in the job market.”

“As more and more jobs are created in B.C., programs like these give local students the skills they need to be first in line,” says Premier Christy Clark, MLA for Westside-Kelowna. “This training might just be the first step towards a rewarding, fulfilling career.”

These skills training programs support B.C.’s regional labour market demands and provide opportunities to youth, women, Indigenous people, immigrants and other eligible participants to receive training as well as industry recognized certificates or credentials.

Quick Facts:

  • The B.C. government invests more than $7.5 billion each year in education and training.
  • Over the next 10 years, the B.C. government will redirect $3 billion in training investments towards these in-demand jobs.

 

To learn more about the Canada Job Fund, visit: www.esdc.gc.ca/eng/jobs/training_agreements/cjf/index.shtml