FORT ST. JOHN – Government is investing $828,526 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.
Northern Lights College will use the funding for equipment such as a wheel loader, a diesel engine bench and an air disc brake trainer.
“Northern Lights College is committed to delivering high quality trades and apprenticeship training for in-demand jobs in the skilled trades,” Northern Lights College president Bryn Kulmatycki said. “This funding will benefit our students, and help NLC provide the hands-on, practical training students need to become job-ready in a competitive market.”
“Northern Lights College plays a critical role in training the skilled workers that B.C.’s employers are hiring for in-demand jobs,” Peace River North MLA Pat Pimm said. “This is a significant investment at a time when we are expecting a substantial demand for skilled workers in the region.”
“Our government is committed to making sure students and workers have the skills they need to get ahead,” Peace River South MLA Mike Bernier said. “It’s important for students to get the hands-on experience using industry-standard equipment, and NLC students will have that opportunity thanks to this new investment.”
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 $350,274 to purchase new tools and equipment. In addition, $799,100 in funding since 2014 has created 139 additional seats at name of institution, 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% of jobs will require some form of post-secondary education.
- Approximately 13% of the one million projected job openings to 2022 are for in-demand trade occupations in B.C.