PRINCE GEORGE – The provincial government has provided College of New Caledonia (CNC) with $330,496 for 64 critical trade seats to reduce wait times for students entering an in-demand trade profession.

Funding will go towards the following programs:

  • Electrical: 16 Foundation seats
  • Millwright: 16 Foundation seats
  • Power Engineering: 16 Fourth class seats
  • Power Engineering: 16 Third class seats

“In our rapidly-changing labour market we need to ensure British Columbians have the necessary skills to participate in our growing economy,” Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Prince George-Valemount MLA Shirley Bond said. “By providing 64 critical trade seats at CNC, we continue to align skills training with future labour market demands. In doing so, we will help ensure British Columbians are first in line for the one million job openings expected by 2022, two-thirds which are a result of an aging demographic and the remaining one-third will be from anticipated economic growth.”

“Our government’s Blueprint is a practical and strategic way to help equip people with the skills they need to participate in tomorrow’s in-demand jobs in an array of industries,” Prince George-Mackenzie MLA Mike Morris said. “This investment will provide people with the opportunity to train for a rewarding career in the trades, ensuring our region remains prosperous and diverse in its economic growth.”

CNC’s support is part of a $6.1 million initiative to fund 1,429 additional critical trade seats this year in 14 public post-secondary institutions throughout the province and supports B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint.

Foundation training programs provide students with the basic knowledge and skills needed for entry into a particular occupation. Students receive credit for the first level of apprenticeship training in a specific field by the Industry Training Authority (ITA) upon successful completion.

B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint outlines how the provincial government is re-engineering the education system – from kindergarten through to post-secondary training and beyond – to make sure education and training aligns with B.C. jobs.

B.C. expects one million job openings by 2022. More than 78% of jobs will require some form of post-secondary education, and 44% of jobs will be in skilled trades and technical occupations. Approximately 12% of the one million projected job openings are for in-demand trade occupations in B.C.