Friday, January 4th, 2013

BC Government Awards $10 million to 16 Post-secondary Schools

John Yap

Photo: John Yap

Back in April, John Yap, Minister of Advanced Education, Innovation and Technology promised more funding for British Columbia’s students. As the New Year winded down, he followed through on that promise by awarding $10 million to 16 post-secondary schools.

“This $10-million investment is a key part of the BC Jobs Plan where we’re training the right mix of workers, with the right skills in the right regions to meet local labour demands today and into the future,” said Yap.

He added that the funding means 1,700 students in British Columbia will get skills training and apprenticeships.

“With this funding, students throughout B.C. are getting the training they need to pursue careers, whether it be as electricians, diesel engine mechanics, carpenters, heavy equipment operators, bricklayers, chefs, welders, oil and gas workers, power engineers, or in other skilled jobs,” said Yap.

The funding will go to programs like the one offered at Vancouver Community College. They have worked with Coast Mountain Bus Company to identify and develop training opportunities, as part of its heavy duty/commercial transport program. They will offer specific training to 40 students in advanced electronics, utility welding, hydraulics and other areas.

Schools mentioned: Vancouver Community College

Ryan Leclaire
Author: Ryan Leclaire
Ryan has been writing for 7 years and has been featured in Chatelaine, Canadian Living and Cottage life.
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