Study finds most of ex-apprentices surveyed stay north, satisfied with schooling

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A survey has been released on former apprenticeship students from northern BC public post-secondary schools.

The BC government says they found that 91% of students who completed their training at public post-secondary schools in northern British Columbia stayed in the north — while earning a median hourly wage of $31.

“Our region provides people with a fantastic quality of life, a big part of which comes from having access to the skills training needed to get in-demand jobs,” said MLA for Peace River North, Pat Pimm.

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The study included Northern Lights College, Northwest Community College, and College of New Caledonia.

Highlights from the 2014 Apprenticeship Student Outcomes Survey were some of these findings:

  • 86% of former apprenticeship students who responded were employed.
  • 94% of respondents were “very satisfied” or “satisfied” with their in-school training.
  • 16% of respondents were female, the highest level of any region in BC.
  • 59% of former apprenticeship students eligible to be surveyed in the region were in one of three program groups:
    • welding and precision production (28%),
    • industrial and heavy duty mechanics and other repair trades (16%),
    • carpentry (15%).

“Our government is committed to preparing a skilled workforce that our growing economy needs,” said Mike Bernier, MLA for Peace River South.

“These survey results show how much British Columbians can benefit from fantastic jobs here in northern BC, the heartland of natural resource development.”

The 2014 Apprenticeship Student Outcomes Survey is the tenth annual survey of former apprenticeship students.

The survey was conducted from January to May 2014.

A total of 5,698 apprentices who completed their apprenticeship training at a BC public or private post-secondary institution between July 1, 2012, and June 30, 2013, were eligible. There were 3,046 apprenticeship respondents throughout the province, for a response rate of 53%.


Out of the 310 respondents, 64 of them were from Northern Lights College.


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