The College of New Caledonia (CNC) will receive $150,000 from the Ministry of Advanced Education to support training for workers affected by the Endako mine suspension in Fraser Lake.
“From the moment we heard that there was a pending mine suspension in Fraser Lake, we have had a support team on the ground working closely with the community,” said Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training, Minister Responsible for Labour and MLA for Prince George-Valemount, on behalf of Advanced Education Minister Andrew Wilkinson. “We have been impressed by the hard work and determination shown by the region, and local MLA John Rustad, as together we are finding ways to mitigate the impacts on workers, their families, contractors and the community. Access to training programs, such as those offered through the College of New Caledonia, are an important part of assisting those affected to adapt to the changing landscape and develop new skills to succeed.”
The funding — which is aligned with B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint — is provided to support towns and retrain workers affected by industry slowdowns or closures. CNC will provide the majority of training at the Fraser Lake Adult Learning Centre, with some courses provided in Burns Lake or Vanderhoof. A Community Transition Team is working with CNC to help identify the types of training that will best support future job prospects for Fraser Lake workers. Training will complement the skills and experience the workers already have, along with helping them develop new skills.
“This funding will provide local training opportunities through the College of New Caledonia to develop skills for in-demand careers here in our region,” said Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation and MLA for Nechako Lakes John Rustad.
“Post-secondary education and training can unlock opportunities in a range of well-paying and rewarding careers,” said MLA for Prince George-Mackenzie Mike Morris. “This funding will help workers in Fraser Lake develop skills at the College of New Caledonia for jobs in the region that support a diverse, strong and growing economy.”
The College of New Caledonia offers a range of continuing education, developmental, career and vocational, trades and technologies and academic programs leading to certificates, diplomas and associate degrees.
“CNC is pleased to receive government funding that will help us provide training so impacted workers in Fraser Lake can find new careers,” said College of New Caledonia president Henry Reiser. “There is a growing demand for skilled workers, and CNC graduates develop the skills needed to support the province, their communities and their families.”
Government launched B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint in April 2014 to align funding and programs with in-demand occupations. B.C. expects more than one million job openings by 2022; more than 78% of those jobs will require post-secondary education and 44% will be in skilled trades and technical occupations.
Stacey McGaghey Jones
Ministry of Advanced Education
Government Communications and Public Engagement