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Op-ed: Peace River students meet with B.C. Lions, learn about jobs in trades


On November 30th, 2014, 122 students from across British Columbia will travel to Vancouver and Richmond for a two-day educational experience. The selected students will get to attend the Grey Cup on Sunday the 30th and then they will attend the BC Lions Skills for Life Summit on Monday December 1st.

The BC Lions have teamed up with the Ministry of Education and Pacific Northwest LNG to help young students from each school district learn about jobs in trades and show them the opportunities that are available for them. Additionally, the students will participate in a variety leadership workshops such as: prevention of bullying and violence against women, making positive choices, and avoiding gang involvement.

Find Your Fit – which made a stop in Fort St. John on November 4th-5th – is a Province-wide education program for students in grades 6 through 10 to teach them about trades as well as give students a head start to hands on learning through apprenticeships and Dual Credit programs.

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This education program is outlined in the Provincial Governments BC Skills for Jobs Blueprint – an action plan established to meet the future work demands of over 1 million job openings in the next 10 years.

Of these 1 million jobs, 78 percent will require post-secondary education and 44 percent will be in trades and technical occupations. The action plan is designed to help give students and young people a clear and seamless path from school to the workplace.

Programs such as these are great for our region as well as the rest of the province because it gives students an opportunity to learn about different experiences that are available to them in the trades.

There is a high demand for trades in Peace River North and programs such as Find Your Fit give our student’s immediate access to a range of careers close to home. Find Your Fit allows the students to test the skills that would be required for jobs such as welding, carpentry, heavy equipment operating, truck driving, accounting, and much more.

Why is the BC Lions Skills for Life Summit note-worthy for our region?

Because four of our very own students from Fort St. John and Fort Nelson will be taking part in the summit: Tate Hafner and Brandyn Sharron from Bert Bowes Middle School as well as Dawson Spence and Eagle Andersen from Fort Nelson Secondary School have been given the opportunity to attend this great education experience and the Grey Cup in Vancouver.

I want to recognize these four students and congratulate them for the chance to take part in this event.

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