The province of British Columbia announced on June 16 it has invested via the Industry Training Authority (ITA BC) $18 million in trades training through to March 31, 2017 at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT).
The ITA will find 6,769 trades training seats at BCIT, including electricians, carpenters, and welders, as well as aircraft maintenance technicians and automotive service technicians. The provincial government invests more than $94 million annually in industry training through the ITA.
"We are expecting almost one million job openings in B.C. by 2024. That's why our government is making these crucial investments targeting high-priority trades in our post-secondary institutions, so that we can ensure that we have the workforce necessary for our growing economy," jobs, tourism and skills training and minister responsible for labour Shirley Bond said.
"As the largest trades training provider in British Columbia, industry is looking to BCIT to provide skilled tradespeople. The continued support from the ITA allows us to offer high-quality training for students who are eager to step into rewarding careers," BCIT president and CEO Kathey Kinloch said.