Taken on by Association for Mineral Exploration B.C., the Mining Association of B.C., Aggregate Producers Association of B.C. and their industry partners, it will also focus on youth, women, Aboriginal people and immigrants.
Over the past few months, proposals for several new mines have been announced, including one near Hudson's Hope, potentially adding 10,000 direct jobs to the already established 14,000 mining jobs in the province.
Pat Bell, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation, says, "This project will help to ensure we have the skilled workers that will be needed to fill the jobs created by retirements and the continuing expansion of the mining sector in British Columbia."
Providing a foundation of skills training to meet labour market demands was part of Premier Christy Clark's Jobs Plan unveiled earlier this fall.