PRINCE GEORGE  Local students will be among the nearly 1,400 British Columbians across the province receiving the training they need for jobs in their communities, thanks to the federal and provincial partnership under the Canada Job Fund.

This includes $1,092,797 for Project-Based Training (PBT) programs at College of New Caledonia and Prince George Nechako Aboriginal Employment and Training Association.

The College of New Caledonia has received $1,000,000 to provide heavy equipment operator programs in Prince George and Mackenzie.

The Prince George Nechako Aboriginal Employment and Training Association has received $92,797 for its office technology project program in Prince George.

These programs are now underway. The College of New Caledonia’s programs end January 29 and the Prince George Nechako Aboriginal Employment and Training Association’s program ends February 29. They are part of a total investment of more than $10.4 million in 46 training programs benefitting British Columbians across the province thanks to the Canada–B.C. Job Fund Agreement under the Employer-Sponsored Training stream.

“We are expecting nearly one million job vacancies in British Columbia in the next ten years due to retirements and economic growth and it is important that British Columbians have the skills and training they need for these future openings,” Prince George-Valemount MLA and Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training Shirley Bond said. “Providing opportunities in Northern B.C. increases the chance that participants will choose to live and work in our region.”

“We want British Columbians to get equipped with the skills they need for in-demand jobs here at home,” Prince George-Mackenzie MLA Mike Morris said. “Project-Based Training programs are a practical way for students to gain experience while getting training.”

“We are very grateful to the Ministry for providing this funding,” College of New Caledonia president Henry Reiser said. “This course has provided a number of individuals, who are typically unable to access these sort of opportunities, with training that is supported and asked for by our local industry partners.”

“It’s rewarding when some of our students are so eager to learn that they show up an hour before start time, and volunteer to help with maintenance or construction activities outside of the formal learning environment – just to get the experience,” Nahanni Construction Ltd. president Dean Price said. “It is exciting to see the students actively engaged in heavy equipment operations. To become a heavy equipment operator, you have to actually RUN the equipment…you have to spend time to acquire the fine motor skills and to learn strategies and problem solving skills that can be applied to any environment or task.”​

These skills training programs support B.C.’s regional labour market demands and provide opportunities to youth, women, Indigenous people, immigrants and other eligible participants to receive training as well as industry recognized certificates or credentials.

Quick Facts:

  • In the next decade, B.C. will see nearly one million job openings due to retirements and economic growth.  Almost 8/10 of these openings will require post-secondary education or trades training.
  • The B.C. government invests more than $7.5 billion each year in education and training.
  • Over the next 10 years, the B.C. government will redirect $3 billion in training investments towards these in-demand jobs.

To learn more about the Canada Job Fund, visit: esdc.gc.ca/eng/jobs/training_agreements/cjf/index.shtml