DAWSON CREEK – The provincial government is providing $50,000 to Northern Lights College to develop training and resources aligned with in-demand occupations in a range of sectors for students with disabilities.

Northern Lights College’s funding is part of nearly $1.3 million being delivered to twenty public post-secondary institutions throughout the province as part of the one-year anniversary of B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint.

“Our government is working to make sure everyone has an opportunity to benefit from B.C.’s strong and growing economy and part of that means helping provide the training and resources needed to get rewarding jobs” Peace River South MLA Mike Bernier said. “By helping students living with disabilities obtain required training, we are removing barriers to employment.”

“Our government is committed to improving accessibility for all British Columbians with disabilities,” Peace River North MLA Pat Pimm said. “All young people should have the opportunity to attend post-secondary training and this funding will help make that possible.”

The grants also support Accessibility 2024, a 10-year action plan announced in June 2014 that includes goals, actions and long-term measures to make B.C. the most progressive place in Canada for people with disabilities.

The provincial government launched B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint in April 2014 to align funding and programs with in-demand occupations. The Blueprint includes goals to provide better access to technical and trades-related training for learners with disabilities.

B.C. anticipates more than one million job openings by 2022; more than 78 per cent of these positions will require some form of post-secondary education and 44 per cent will need skilled trades and technical workers.