Harper Government Invests in Trades Training Programs
July 8, 2015 – Victoria, British Columbia – Western Economic Diversification Canada
Today, the Honourable John Duncan, Minister of State, Chief Government Whip, and Member of Parliament for Vancouver Island North, on behalf of the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification (WD), announced $1.6 million in funding to the British Columbia Construction Association (BCCA).
The funding, provided through the Western Diversification Program, will be used to purchase trades-training equipment and a mobile training unit for BCCA’s two new pilot programs aimed at developing industry-approved ‘best practices’ for training. These pilot programs will help identify the best learning environments to most effectively deliver training and increase the number of skilled apprentices that are ready to take on the many job opportunities in B.C.’s construction industry.
These two programs are part of a larger initiative called “Project Shop Class.” The aim of this initiative is to rebuild and refit shop classes in B.C. schools and increase the number of young people aged 16-22 successfully transitioning into apprenticeship programs in B.C.
“Our Government is committed to addressing critical skill shortages facing industry in Western Canada. Through this investment, the British Columbia Construction Association will be able to more effectively train skilled workers in both rural and urban communities, ensuring that they are best positioned to take advantage of opportunities in trades related to construction.”
“This investment will have a significant and immediate impact in B.C. When young people receive their skills training on state-of-the art, industry grade equipment, the training experience is elevated and the graduate is closer to being job-ready. The WD commitment is the kind of real world action that will help make sure British Columbians are ready to take advantage of the job opportunities that are coming.”