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Additional skilled trades seats, advisors coming to B.C. post-secondaries

Posted on February 15, 2022

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Those seeking skilled trades certification in British Columbia will soon have access to more training seats and additional supports thanks to a boost in funding by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training.

Following the announcement of a new province-wide skilled trades certification program in June 2021, post-secondary institutions like Vancouver Community College (VCC) anticipate an influx of students seeking to start or complete their apprenticeships.

The new $5 million in funding announced on Friday, Feb. 11 will help ensure B.C.'s Industry Training Authority (ITA) has seats available to incoming or returning students as well as additional advisors to assist in the certification process. 

“This investment in the apprenticeship system will ensure more trades workers can start and continue a meaningful career where their work really makes a difference in the everyday lives of British Columbians,” says Parliamentary Secretary for Skills Training Andrew Mercier.