VIDEO: New funding for critical trades training at BCIT
The province of British Columbia announced on July 28 that it will provide $1.35 million in funding to add seats and reduce waiting times for critical trades training at the British Columbia Institute of Technology's Burnaby campus.
B.C. minister of education minister Amrik Virk and minister of jobs, tourism and skills training Shirley Bond were on hand to speak to the assembled students and staff and point out the pressing need for more skilled workers given a looming retirement crisis and several mega-projects on the horizon.
The Journal of Commerce spoke to ironworker instructor Ryan Downey about the need for skilled labour and the role of education in providing those new workers with a high caliber of training.
The Journal also spoke to BCIT electrical foundation student Thomas Hadaway, who said it was only once he decided to enter the trades that he found direction and purpose.
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