B.C. Minister of Jobs Shirley Bond announced an extension of its Lions in the House initiative to encourage children in schools to consider careers in trades.
The program has BC Lions players interacting with kids in local schools about choosing a career.
It is the second year the Industry Training Authority has partnered with the Lions for the program.
"It's all about choice," said Bond at the Lions' Surrey training facility with players and Kwantlen Polytechnic University students standing beside her.
Bond stressed that by 2022 there will be one million job openings due to retirements and growth. She said the Lions in the House program is just one of the province's non-traditional approaches to encourage trades development.
Starting in January 2015, Lions in the House will make 25 school visits and will travel around the province speaking to thousands of students in grades six through nine.
Players deliver speeches about choices they have made in terms of education and safety. There are also athletic competitions, where kids get to play with the sports stars.
Education Minister Peter Fassbender, Industry Training Authority CEO Gary Herman, Advanced Education Minister Amrik Virk and other officials were also on hand for the announcement.