British Columbia has reached a tipping point, with fewer residents entering the workforce than those retiring.
By 2025, almost one million job openings are expected, with nearly eight out of 10 openings requiring post-secondary education or trades training.
Helping to build and expand a skilled workforce to meet this demand is a key commitment under B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint.
- The Industry Training Authority (ITA) receives $94 million annually to lead and co-ordinate British Columbia’s skilled trades system.
- ITA provides more than 100 apprenticeship training programs in B.C., including 50 Red Seal trades.
- There are currently nearly 45,000 participants in apprenticeship programs in the industry training system (apprentices, high school youth and foundation) – more than double the 20,050 participants when ITA was created in 2004.
- In May 2014, the start of the Blueprint, there were 43,370 participants in apprenticeship programs.
- Since May 2014, the start of the Blueprint, the ITA has issued over 19,500 certificates of qualification to journeypersons in B.C.
Women in Trades
- As of March 31, 2016, there were 3,911 registered female apprentices in B.C., representing 10.3% of all registered apprentices.
- Those women were registered in 72 different trades, with 45% (1,778) registered in “non-traditional” trades (such as welders, carpenters, plumbers, construction, electricians).
- Since 2008-09, more than 3,300 women have been served through the Women in Trades Training (WITT) program.
- When the WITT program was launched in 2009, only 8% of all apprentices were women. That number is now at 10.3%.
- $2.3 million was directed to support more than 265 female participants to access trades training and employment services in 2015-16 through the Canada Job Fund.
- $400,000 has been invested in the creation of a unique made-in-B.C. mentorship program to help women succeed in their path to become tradespeople.
Youth in Trades
- The ITA is receiving an increase of nearly $7.8 million to their budget over the next three years to support its youth trades programs.
- Enrolment in ITA’s youth programs has increased more than 300 per cent from 861 enrolments in December 2004 to 3,508 enrolled in trades programs in 2015-16.
- More than 40,000 B.C. secondary students are participating in school-based applied skills training, including work experience.
- A three year, $15-million investment in the Youth Trades Equipment Program, will give school districts equipment for trades programs in schools.
For more information about B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint, visit: https://www.workbc.ca/training-education/b-c-s-skills-for-jobs-blueprint.aspx