The world is changing and B.C. students need to be ready to adapt to the careers of tomorrow. Students in the Vernon School District will be prepared thanks to $22,500 in provincial funding awarded to the district, helping to connect kids with opportunities in skilled trades and tech training.
Vernon-Monashee MLA Eric Foster announced this today on behalf of Education Minister Mike Bernier. Vernon students are receiving one-on-one supports from shoulder tappers―career coordinators and recruitment specialists―thanks to $17,500 from the Province’s Shoulder Tappers Program to the school district.
Shoulder tappers are encouraging students with positive input and advice, and connecting them with innovative workshops and on-the-job experience in the skilled-trades and technology fields such as aircraft engineering and heavy-duty mechanics.
The school district is also receiving $5,000 from the Province’s Skills Training Access Grant, which is helping the district connect students with training in fields such as carpentry, coding, and culinary arts.
This grant program also supports student skills-training development right at home by bringing mobile training units to the Vernon area. Also, throughout the district, schools are offering small skills-training classes to ensure students receive the attention and opportunities they need to succeed.
The Shoulder Tappers Program and the Skills Training Access Grant support B.C.'s Skills for Jobs Blueprint, which is re-engineering the province’s education and apprenticeship system so training dollars and programs are targeted to in-demand jobs.
These programs also support the #BCTECH Strategy―a key component of the BC Jobs Plan to support the growth of B.C.’s vibrant technology sector and strengthen British Columbia’s diverse innovation economy.
Eric Foster, MLA for Vernon-Monashee –
“There is a growing need in B.C. for workers in the skilled-trades and high-tech sectors. Our government is proud to help our students prepare to fill this need by providing programs like shoulder tappers and the Skills Training Access Grant, so they can be ready to step into rewarding, well-paying jobs in these sectors.”
Explore B.C.’s new curriculum: https://curriculum.gov.bc.ca
Read the #BCTECH Strategy: https://bctechstrategy.gov.bc.ca/
Learn more about B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint: www.workbc.ca/skills
The B.C. government has launched a new parent-engagement process to better understand how parents want to be informed of their student’s success from kindergarten to Grade 9. Participate in this process by visiting: http://engage.gov.bc.ca/yourkidsprogress
British Columbians can also join in an online discussion about rural education by visiting: http://engage.gov.bc.ca/ruraleducation