B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint outlines the British Columbia government’s agenda to make sure future generations are ready to engage in the workforce and build thriving careers to support themselves and their families.
Unveiled in 2014, the Blueprint is a comprehensive strategy to re-engineer B.C.’s education and apprenticeship systems and make sure British Columbians are trained for the jobs of tomorrow.
A key target is to increase Aboriginal workforce participation by 15,000 new Aboriginal workers by 2024.
- The B.C. government is investing up to $10 million annually over three years for an Aboriginal Skills Training Development Fund to support training focused on First Nations communities and Aboriginal people.
- Since 2015, more than 2,200 Aboriginal people have received training through programs supported by the Aboriginal Skills Training Development Fund.
- One of the strengths of government’s approach is that regional groupings of First Nations, representing over 45 communities, came together in the development and implementation of the community-based training programs.
- Government has developed an inventory of skills training programs for Aboriginal communities to use as a guide to available programs.
- $34.7 million in funding has been provided since 2012 for partnerships between Aboriginal communities and public post-secondary institutions to deliver programs in communities that meet community needs and position Aboriginal people to take advantage of economic opportunities.
- To date, the program has supported more than 2,700 Aboriginal learners in more than 70 communities through 110 projects.
- These investments and supported programs help ensure Aboriginal people in British Columbia can benefit from a strong economy and be among the first in line for future jobs.