Sunday, August 3, 2014

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Energy Sector Gets Big Boost

BC Liberals inject $872K into LNG trades training at UFV

Released by the BC Gov't Caucus/Photos submitted


Chilliwack-Hope MLA Laurie Throness (L), Stó:lō elder Eddie Gardner, Chilliwack MLA John Martin (4th from L), Maple Ridge MLA Marc Dalton (R) in a UFV lab last week. Below Laurie Throness speaks about the importance of liquid natural gas skills training.


s 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 week.


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.

Government 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 training seats.


"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 Laurie Throness.

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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