The allocation is part of the $6.8 million announced earlier today to create 1,424 foundation and apprenticeship seats at 14 public post-secondary institutions throughout British Columbia.
“Our government is delivering on our commitment in the blueprint to fund critical trades’ seats,” Jobs Tourism and Skills Training Minister and Minister Responsible for Labour, Shirley Bond said. “Our strategic investment in a trained workforce that will be ready for jobs in the Liquefied Natural Gas and other industries means long-term, well-paying jobs that strengthen our families and communities.”
NLC will receive a total of $438,000 including $226,000 for the additional seats that will be available to students as early as September 2014 and $212,000 in operating and minor equipment funding such as tools, safety gear and rods and gas for welding to support delivery of training programs.
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The 75 seats at Northern Lights College include:
* 32 electrical apprenticeship seats.
* 16 welder foundation seats.
* 27 welder apprenticeship seats.
Funding allocations are based on the most-recent labour market data,consultations with institutions, the Industry Training Authority, and the province’s Labour Market Priorities Board, as well as current waitlists and institutions’ capacity to add training seats.
The Ministry of Advanced Education expects a million job openings in B.C. by 2022, with about 43% requiring college education or apprenticeship training.
B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint lays out a comprehensive action plan to re-engineer education and training so British Columbia students and workers have the skills to be first-in-line for jobs in a growing economy.
More information on B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint is available at: www.workbc.ca/skills.