The British Columbia government and Industry Training Authority (ITA) today unveiled updated youth trades training programs that will provide B.C. students with the opportunity to discover, explore, train and work in the trades earlier in their school years.
Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour, and Gary Herman, CEO of the ITA, announced the updated programs at Terry Fox Secondary school alongside Coquitlam School District representatives and current trades students.
Based on feedback from parents, educators, young apprentices and industry, the updated programs give students an earlier start on their career choices, offering more information to youth and their parents on options available in the skilled trades. The programs also provide students with a cohesive and streamlined path from early learning straight through to apprenticeship and into the workforce.
The updated youth trades training programs directly align with objectives outlined in B.C.'s Skills for Jobs Blueprint to increase the number of students entering the skilled trades, and to ensure students embarking on their trades journey have all the support and skills they need to be successful. The programs will ensure youth get an earlier introduction to trades certification and a career when they leave high school, yielding better outcomes, including higher transition rates into full apprenticeships and careers in the skilled trades.
To help implement these program changes, the B.C. government committed an additional $7.8 million from Budget 2016 to the ITA over the next three years. In the coming months, the ITA will host a series of webinars with schools throughout B.C. about the updated programs and will continue to work with the Ministry of Education and B.C. school districts for full implementation by September 2017.
Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour –
“The updated Youth Trades Training Programs will give students earlier opportunities to learn about the trades, will provide a clear path for students discover, explore, train and work in the trades, and will ultimately yield better outcomes, including higher transition rates into full apprenticeships. With nearly one million job openings expected in the province by 2025, we need to ensure that students and their parents are aware of the diverse career opportunities available in B.C. for in-demand jobs.”
Mike Bernier, Minister of Education –
“The world is changing and our new curriculum is making sure students have the skills they need to succeed in our changing world. The ITA’s youth training program is part of this – making sure high-school students get the chance to explore the trades and start building the skills they need for the careers of tomorrow. As someone who worked in the trades, I know just how many different doors these skills can help open – and today’s announcement will help the next generation get ready to open more doors.”
Gary Herman, CEO, Industry Training Authority –
“The expanded youth programs will give students earlier exposure to skilled trades and get them thinking about the possibilities of trades careers at a younger age. There is great potential amongst youth to realize successful careers in trades, and ITA’s youth trades training programs will provide the right support and resources to help them get started on their apprenticeship journey.”
Judy Shirra, chair, board of education for School District No. 43 (Coquitlam) –
"Our partnership with ITA is a win-win and we are excited the trades pre-apprenticeship programs are being enhanced and extended to provide more opportunities for students. Providing options for our students to meet their educational and career goals is something we have done very well for many years and we are very proud of.”
Jaymee Lynn, SD43, ACE IT Carpentry program graduate –
"I made one of the best decisions of my life choosing trades, not only did I graduate with a whole new family, but I have a full-time job in my field doing what I love and a whole new career ahead of me."
- The updated ITA Youth Trades Training Programs will help meet the Blueprint commitment of reaching 5,000 more students by 2018-19.
- ITA provides more than 100 apprenticeship training programs in B.C., including 50 Red Seal trades.
- There are currently more than 39,000 registered apprentices in the industry training system (including youth) – more than double the 14,676 apprentices registered when ITA was created in 2004.
- B.C. is expecting up to one million job openings by 2025 due to retirements and economic growth.
- Eight of every 10 of these job openings will require post-secondary education or trades training.
ITA’s youth trades training programs: http://www.itabc.ca/youth/programs
B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint: https://www.workbc.ca/Training-Education/B-C-s-Skills-for-Jobs-Blueprint.aspx
B.C. 2025 Labour Market Outlook: https://www.workbc.ca/Statistics/Labour-Market.aspx