part of B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint, the University of the Fraser
Valley (UFV) will receive funding for an additional 194 training spaces to
help reduce waitlists for trades critical to the liquefied natural gas (LNG)
sector and other industries.
The allocation is part of the $6.8 million
announced earlier today to create 1,424 foundation and apprenticeship seats
at 14 public post-secondary institutions throughout British Columbia. UFV
will receive a total of $872,000: $807,000 adds 194 seats that will be
available to students as early as September 2014.
"Injecting $872,000 into our faculty of applied and technical studies builds
on the University of the Fraser Valley’s ability to continue producing top
professionals for a variety of trades. We’re proud to increase our role in
shaping the future, both locally and beyond," said UFV chief financial
officer and vice-president, administration Jackie Hogan in a release last
An additional $65,000 in operating and
equipment funding will support delivery of training programs. Seats include:
• 40 welder foundation seats.
• 16 welder apprenticeship seats.
• 18 carpenter foundation seats.
• 16 carpenter apprenticeship seats.
• 54 electrician foundation seats.
• 32 electrician apprenticeship seats.
• 18 heavy-duty equipment mechanic foundation seats.
announced an initial $6.6 million for critical trades seats as part of
B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint. Funding allocations are based on the
most-recent labour market data, on consultations with institutions, the
Industry Training Authority, and the Province’s Labour Market Priorities
Board, as well as current waitlists and institutions’ capacity to add
"We want British Columbians to be first in
line for the million job openings expected in the coming years. The 194
additional trades training seats at the University of the Fraser Valley will
give more students the chance to get the skills they need to succeed," said
Chilliwack MLA John Martin.
"Transitioning students from learners to
earners supports a strong economy. We’re making sure this is a possibility
by helping students get training they need," added Chilliwack-Hope MLA
A million job openings are expected in B.C. by 2022, with about 43%
requiring college education or apprenticeship training. B.C.’s Skills for
Jobs Blueprint lays out a comprehensive action plan to re-engineer education
and training so British Columbia students and workers have the skills to be
first in line for jobs in a growing economy.
More information on B.C.’s Skills for Jobs
Blueprint is available at:
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