FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – 45 school districts throughout B.C. will receive funding between $20,000 and $40,000 for the Youth Work in Trades program.
The B.C. government through the Industry Training Authority (ITA) will be investing $1.18 million.
Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Responsible for Labour says that young people are the future.
“Young people are the future workforce of our province and we want them to be at the front of the line for the almost one million job opportunities open by 2025. That’s why we are making investments in youth apprenticeship training programs throughout B.C. – which will give students earlier opportunities to learn about the trades, will provide a clear path for students to discover, explore, train and work in the trades, and will ultimately yield better outcomes, including higher transition rates into full apprenticeships.”
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SD 59 Peace River South will be receiving $20,000, while SD 60 Peace River North will receive $30,000.
“The funding helps districts cover staffing costs to support and guide youth in securing jobs and employer sponsorship required to enter the trades apprenticeship system. It will also help youth transition from technical training to work-based training, and build further awareness of opportunities in the skilled trades among youth, parents, educators and employers in their communities.”
Education Minister Mike Bernier pointed out that the education students receive is what will help them in the long run.
“The world is changing and we need to make sure our kids have the skills they need to succeed. That is why our new curriculum is making sure students learn the basics of reading, writing and arithmetic in a way that connects them to the collaboration, critical thinking and communications skills they need to excel in university, in skills training, and the workforce.”