VANCOUVER – The B.C. government is investing $857,142 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.
Vancouver Community College will use the funding to purchase a gravel truck, a logging truck with a trailer, and kitchen equipment such as double convection ovens.
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, ship repair and construction.
Earlier this year, government announced $356,274 in funding for Vancouver Community College to purchase new tools and equipment. In addition, $322,080 in funding since 2014 has created 96 additional seats at VCC, 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 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 the one million projected job openings to 2022 are for in-demand trade occupations in B.C.