PRINCE GEORGE – Government is investing $1,517,435 in new trades equipment to support local students training for occupations critical to the economy, as part of B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint.
The College of New Caledonia will use the funding to purchase equipment such as welding tools, a solar array recorder system and a diesel engine.
“Thanks to this investment, students who attend CNC will have access to up-to-date equipment, which will greatly enhance their leaning outcomes,” dean of trades and technology Frank Rossi said. “The funds will be used to purchase a range of equipment which will benefit a number of our programs including welding, power engineering, professional chef and more.”
“We are very happy to receive this funding,” vice president of administration and finance Sue McAllister said. “This investment will help provide CNC students with the training and skills needed for a wide variety of high demand jobs within our region and throughout the province.”
“B.C. can expect up to a million jobs by 2022 and it’s critical that we ensure B.C. workers have the skills they need to fill those jobs,” Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Prince George-Valemount MLA Shirley Bond said. “New equipment for CNC will give our students an advantage, helping them prepare for high-paying, long-term, family-supporting jobs.”
“Many of the in-demand occupations are trades related,” Prince George-Mackenzie MLA Mike Morris said. “This investment will help ensure that students have access to industry-standard equipment that meets industry requirements.”
“Our government is working to align education and skills-training opportunities with the needs of our economy and contribute to building industry and employment in our region,” Nechako Lakes MLA John Rustad said. “New equipment at the College of New Caledonia means students will get the skills and hands-on experience they need to get ahead.”
Across the province, government is investing $185 million over three years in new trades training equipment and facilities to support students entering in-demand sectors, including LNG, shipbuilding and ship repairs and construction.
Earlier this year, government announced $375,028 to purchase new tools and equipment at CNC. In addition, $474,079 in funding since 2014 has been provided to create 120 additional seats at CNC, helping to reduce wait lists in high-demand trades programs.
B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint lays out a major shift to a data-driven system where training dollars and programs are targeted to jobs in demand. Funding and programs are evolving to meet labour market needs.
- By 2022, there will be up to one million job openings in B.C. – more than 78 per cent of jobs will require some form of post-secondary education.
- Approximately 13 per cent of future job openings will be in-demand trade occupations in B.C.
To learn more about B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint, visit workbc.ca/skills.