To help British Columbians get the skills they need to be first in line for jobs in the province, the B.C. government launched B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint (workbc.ca) in 2014.
Through the Blueprint, the government is re-engineering B.C.’s education programs toward a data-driven system focusing investments toward training for jobs that are in-demand.
B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint
- More than $7.5 billion is invested each year through the Blueprint in education and training from early learning programs through to post-graduate education.
- $3 billion in training investments will be redirected to meet emerging labour market needs and to focus on skills and programs for in-demand jobs.
Top 10 Blueprint accomplishments since 2014
- Pillar 1: A head-start to hands-on learning in B.C. schools:
- Realigned $130 million for in-demand education and job training.
- Committed an additional $7.8 million in new youth trades funding.
- Invested $30 million for the Aboriginal Skills Development Fund.
- Provided $650,000 to 27 school districts to increase recruitment capacity and skills training.
- 195,000 British Columbians interacted with Find Your Fit throughout B.C.
- Pillar 2: A shift in education to better match training with jobs in demand:
- Committed $15 million over three years for Youth Trades Capital funding to B.C. school districts.
- Helped 4,100 participants in the Single Parent Employment Initiative.
- Pillar 3: A stronger partnership with industry and labour to deliver training and apprenticeship:
- Implemented the Apprentices on Public Projects Policy. All public projects greater than $15 million are required to hire apprentices.
- Added 3,700 new critical trades seats.
B.C. 2025 Labour Market Outlook
- British Columbia’s Labour Market Outlook (workbc.ca) projects that there will be almost one million job openings in B.C. by 2025.
- Two-thirds of these job openings are due to retirements, with one-third due to economic growth.
- Nearly eight out of 10 of these job openings will require post-secondary education:
- Specifically, 36% of the projected jobs will require a bachelor, graduate or first professional degree; and
- 42% will require a diploma, certificate or trades apprenticeship training.
Canada-B.C. Job Fund
- Under the Canada-B.C. Job Fund Agreement, B.C. receives and allocates a total of $65 million per year to train British Columbians throughout the province.
- The Canada-B.C. Job Fund supports a wide range of training programs to help British Columbians enter and succeed in the workforce.
- In 2015-16, approximately 14,094 people received training through the Canada-B.C. Job Fund.
Canada-B.C. Job Grant
- The Canada-B.C. Job Grant program (CJG) (workbc.ca) is an employer-driven, cost-sharing program between the federal and provincial governments, as well as employers.
- To date, government has $40 million has been invested in skills training through the Canada-B.C. Job Grant, with employers contributing another $20 million for a total investment of $60 million around the province for skills training.
- To date, more than 20,000 employees have received training through the Canada-B.C. Job Grant, and more than 4,100 employers have received funding to train new or current employees.
Targeted Initiative for Older Worker (TIOW)
- The Targeted Initiative for Older Workers (TIOW) (workbc.ca) provides $10.4 million for programs serving unemployed, older participants (aged 55 to 64 years) in smaller communities that are experiencing high unemployment, significant downsizing/closures, unfulfilled employer demand, and/or skills mismatches.
- In 2017, 12 service providers in the province have received an additional $2 million in total to extend their TIOW programs for older workers from January through the end of June 2017.
- 579 unemployed older workers participated in TIOW projects in 14 communities between April 1, 2014, and March 21, 2016.
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