The Industry Training Authority (ITA) and the B.C. Lions are teaming up to bring trades education into schools across British Columbia.
B.C. Minister of Jobs Shirley Bond announced July 22 the Lions in the House program would be renewed for 2015. The program has players visit schools to encourage students to consider careers in the trades. Bond made the announcement at the team's training facility in Surrey, B.C., adding that by 2022 there will be openings for more than a million jobs and that unconventional approaches are necessary to fill that gap.
The Journal of Commerce spoke to Gary Herman, the interim CEO of the ITA, about the organization's plan to educate B.C. youth as to the viability of a career in the trades, as well as the importance of trades training even in earlier grades.
The JOC also interviewed Danica Lum, a student at Kwantlen Polytechnic University who spoke at the event and who is looking to enter the trades once she leaves school.