The Province of British Columbia announced yesterday that it has invested, through the Industry Training Authority (ITA), $59,000 in the Pile Drivers, Divers, Bridge, Dock and Wharf Local Union 2404 for skills training seats in the piledriver and bridgeworker apprenticeship program.
The investment will fund 52 piledriver and bridgeworker seats through to March 31, 2017.
The funding is part of the ITA’s allocation to B.C. post-secondary institutions and training providers to run various training programs throughout the province.
“Apprentices and their educators are a valuable part of our province’s economy. They help fill our labour-market demands and keep our economy diverse and strong. I am happy to see that Local 2404 is receiving this funding,” said Scott Hamilton, MLA for Delta North.
In response to the objectives outlined in B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint and the McDonald Report, the B.C. government has worked in partnership with the ITA to begin building a demand-driven trades training system with funding aligned to specific in-demand trades.
The provincial government invests more than $94 million annually in industry training through the ITA. The ITA leads and co-ordinates British Columbia’s skilled trades system by working with employers, employees, industry, labour, training providers and government to issue credentials, manage apprenticeships, set program standards and increase opportunities in the trades.
“B.C.’s economy is growing and is forecasted to be one of Canada’s strongest in the coming years. With more skilled tradespeople retiring from the workforce than entering it, investments like these will help equip British Columbians with the right skills to respond effectively to the upcoming job opportunities in the province,” said Gary Herman, CEO, Industry Training Authority