PRINCE GEORGE – Students in School District 57, Cedars Christian School and Westside Academy will now have more opportunity to take skills, technical and trade training, thanks to $10,000 in Skills Training Access Grants.

School District 57 are receiving $5,000. Cedars Christian School and Westside Academy are receiving $2,500.

The program is expanding this year to include the Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) sector, such as coding, and to make all school districts and independent schools – not just rural districts – eligible to apply.

“We want our students to have information about all the career choices available to them. These grants will focus on expanded opportunities to learn about options in trades and skills training,” Prince George-Valemount MLA Shirley Bond said.

“Giving our students the opportunity to gain practical experience while in high school will help prepare our students for tomorrow’s jobs,” Prince George-Mackenzie MLA Mike Morris said.

The Ministry of Education is providing 30 public school districts each with a $5,000 grant to help them develop opportunities to support students who want to pursue skills and trades training, and career development. The ministry is also providing nine independent schools with grants worth $20,000 in total.

The grants can be used for the 2015-16 school year to help pay for:

  • Relocating students to communities with greater training opportunities;
  • Student’s room and board, tools, books or work clothes;
  • Bringing a mobile training unit to a school;
  • Operating small skills training classes; and,
  • Transportation to work experience or apprenticeship placements.

To date, almost 560 students have benefited from grants. School districts also reported improvements to skills training, stronger relationships with post-secondary and training providers, and strengthened relationships with employers, as students are more work-ready.

The Skills Training Access Grant supports B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint, a plan for re-engineering the province’s education and training systems – from kindergarten through to post-secondary training and beyond – to ensure students have a full range of training options and are first in line for the careers of tomorrow.

Quick Facts:

  • Skills Training Access Grants launched in March 2015.
  • The grant may be used during the 2015-16 school year
  • Districts are required to report to the ministry the immediate and long-term benefits to local students.
  • C. will have nearly one million job openings due to retirements and economic growth by 2024.
  • Based on the B.C. 2024 Labour Market Outlook, 68 per cent of job openings will be due to retirements and 32 per cent of job openings will be due to economic growth.
  • The Accelerated Credit Enrolment in Industry Training (ACE IT) program is the in-class component of a high school apprenticeship. ACE IT students are Youth Apprentices registered with the Industry Training Authority (ITA).

Learn More:

B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint: https://www.workbc.ca/skills

BC Jobs Plan: http://engage.gov.bc.ca/bcjobsplan/

Industry Training Authority: http://www.itabc.ca/

Labour Market Outlook reports: https://www.workbc.ca/Labour-Market-Information/B-C-s-Economy/Reports.aspx

ACE IT program: http://ow.ly/YL8Hz