Ahead of an expected labour shortage in B.C., the provincial government is encouraging Fort St. John youth to consider the trades.
A $1.2 million program aimed at pushing youth into the trades looks to save a booming mining sector and shipbuilding projects from an expected shortage of 22,000 to 32,000 workers in northern B.C. alone. 435,000 jobs for skilled workers will open in the next decade, according to government figures. The Ministry of Advance Education, Innovation and Technology is offering “Community Dialogues” to provide information on accessing a career in the trades, beginning in Fort St. John in February.
“The community dialogues and employer recognition events are an opportunity for ITA to hear what needs to be done to make sure B.C.'s apprenticeship and trades training system is ready for the skills shortages that are coming at us,” said Industry Training Authority ceo Kevin Evans in a media release."With two-way conversations at these events, employers, apprentices, training providers, parents and career-seekers have a chance to hear why the perception of trades careers is changing and the opportunities have never been greater."
"Hearing from British Columbians-as students, parents, instructors or employers-is key to helping address our next challenge of ensuring we are matching skills to jobs and jobs to skills,” Minister of Advanced Education John Yap added. “That way we know we have the right mix of workers, in the right regions, at the right time."
There are also webinars, or online workshops to help employers find, hire and manage apprentices.
The by-invite events will be held in Fort St. John on Feb. 12. For more information, visit http://itabc.ca/latest-news/events.