Jobs Minister Shirley Bonds says it needs to be ready with the skilled workers required to build and operate new major projects in northern or remote communities.
The government plans to bring mobile classrooms to more remote communities, together with the Industry Training Authority (ITA), employers and post-secondary partners, according to Bond.
In addition, it’s exploring the possibility of providing in-camp training right on the worksite, to connect workers with the skills they need without having to leave their job or their communities.
These approaches will be complemented by new technologies which enable online learning through flexible delivery models, including virtual classrooms and the use of free online textbooks.
Government currently invests more than seven $7.6 billion each year in education and training, and the minister says re-engineering the system means targeting more of the substantial resources already available to meet labor market priorities.
It will begin doing that this fiscal year, targeting over $160,000,000 in addition to $185,000,000 in capital spending for trades training infrastructure and equipment over the next three years.