On April 29, 2014, the Government of British Columbia launched B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint, a plan to align funding and programs to a data-driven system where training dollars and programs target in-demand occupations.
The Blueprint is a detailed, cross-government action plan that gives students and British Columbians a clear and seamless path from school through to the workplace. B.C.’s Blueprint investments in education and training position British Columbians for success in the diverse, strong and growing economy.
B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint at the post-secondary level:
- Aligned $220 million for 19,000 newly targeted student full-time equivalent spaces for in-demand training and education since the launch of Blueprint.
- Targeted $14.6 million to reduce wait lists in high-demand trades critical to a diverse economy, creating 3,730 additional critical trade seats at 14 public post-secondary institutions.
- Over $178 million in provincial funding toward skills and training infrastructure and equipment:
- The $33-million trades training centre at Northern Lights College Dawson Creek campus (B.C. is providing $15 million). Completion is expected in 2018.
- The $30-million Industrial Training and Technology Centre at Thompson Rivers University (B.C. is providing $7.03 million). Completion is expected in 2018.
- The $18.4-million modernization and renewal of the trades training facilities at Northwest Community College in Terrace (B.C. is providing $11.87 million). Completion is expected in 2018.
- The $18.9-million Silver King campus at Selkirk College in Nelson (B.C. is providing up to $10.34 million). Completion expected in 2017.
- The $32-million Centre for Trades Education and Innovation at Camosun College (B.C. provided $29.2 million). Officially opened February 2016.
- The $20 million Marine, Automotive and Trades Complex expansion (B.C. is providing $9.5 million). Completion is expected in 2018.
- The $18-million BCIT / VCC Motive Power Centre of Excellence (B.C. provided $13.5 million toward the total project cost for tenant improvements and a one-time grant of $4.5 million for moving and transition costs associated with relocation). Officially opened November 2014.
- The $35-million Okanagan College Trades Renewal Project in Kelowna (B.C. is providing $28 million). Officially opened in September 2016.
- The $1.8-million Nicola Valley Institute of Technology trades training facility (B.C. provided $1.5 million). Officially opened in October 2015.
- Provided more than $27 million to 20 public institutions to purchase new industry-standard training equipment.
- Including the $1.997-million mobile trade training unit at Northwest Community College (B.C. provided $598,500 toward the cost of the unit and equipment).
- The $400,000 work camp-style student housing residence at Northwest Community College. B.C. provided $375,000.
- Aligned Student Financial Assistance grants to in-demand jobs - B.C. Access Grant for trades students, B.C. Completion Grant for Graduates and aligned the B.C. Loan Forgiveness Program.
- Provided $4.6 million to support the success of persons with disabilities to access and succeed in training aligned with in-demand jobs.
- Provided $727,500 in 2015-16 to create 326 new training seats to support Trades Discovery programs in 12 public post-secondary institutions.
- Provided $2.6 million in one-time funding to support outreach to more employers and increase employer and student awareness of the benefits of co-operative education.
- Provided $455,000 for shipbuilding and ship repair training programs for students at Camosun College and the British Columbia Institute of Technology since 2015-16.
- Launched online trades training seat finder: www.tradestrainingbc.ca
- Continue to work with post-secondary institutions to drive decisions using the latest labour market data.
- Align 25% of public post-secondary institution operating grants to support in-demand jobs – that means an additional $50 million in 2017-18 as part of the $270 million commitment made in B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint.
- Invest $185 million in infrastructure and equipment for skills and trades training.
- Fund Aboriginal community-based delivery training.
- Fund programs to support students with disabilities.