B.C. Institute of Technology will get $1.35 million from the province to add seats and reduce waiting times for critical trades.
The money will add 272 more seats at BCIT starting in September. The jobs are aligned with the top 12 LNG jobs which I include welders, industrial electricians, ironworkers, crane operators and heavy duty equipment mechanics. It is a 4 per cent increase over the 6,739 seats at the school.
Nearly $800,000 will fund the additional seats and $553,000 will go towards funding equipment and tools. Officials hope the money will reduce wait times for some trades by as much as 10 months.
"For us this is all about changing lives," Said Industry Training Authority interim president Gary Herman at the school's campus where the announcement was made. Dozens of goggle-wearing ironworkers attended the ceremony and later demonstrated their oxy-fuel cutting abilities.
Herman noted that trades offer quality careers with excellent pay which has the ability to transform someone's life if given the opportunity.
Minister of Jobs Shirley Bond and Advanced Education Minister Amrik emphasized that with thousands of jobs looming on the horizon due to retirements and potential projects, they want to exhaust the province and the country to find workers before using temporary foreign workers.
You can check out Russell's Vine from the event here.