Wednesday, March 16, 2016
BC Gov't News
New Curriculum for BC Kids
Shoulder-tappers program extends to Hope
Ashley Stewart, BC Gov't Caucus
ocal students will get some help exploring their options for high-tech and trades training thanks to $25,000 from the Province of B.C. to launch the Shoulder-Tappers program in Fraser Cascade School District.
The Shoulder-Tappers program enlists career co-ordinators or recruitment specialists who work closely with students to help them connect with trades and technical training as well as on-the-job experience.
BC needs more skilled workers and through programs like this, we are able to connect students with employers and access training programs that may interest them, Chilliwack-Hope MLA Laurie Throness said.
Coordinators help mentor elementary and secondary school students and facilitate student access to technical, academic, and vocational courses in industries as diverse as aircraft engineering, heavy-duty mechanics, information technology, and early childhood education.
The co-ordinators also work closely with employers, the Industry Training Authority and the CES Career Education Society to connect students with opportunities.
In December, the Province announced a similar program for 15 districts in northern BC in partnership with Northern Development Initiative Trust. Funding support from Northern Development allowed the Ministry of Education to extend the program to more districts this year.
Province launched BC's Skills for Jobs Blueprint in April 2014 to
re-engineer education and training so British Columbians are first
in line for careers of tomorrow. The Shoulder-Tappers initiative
helps government meet this goal.
Over the next three years, new K-12 curriculum is being phased in with new standards in mathematics, sciences, and applied design, skills and technology. It supports opportunities for students to develop the problem-solving and creative thinking skills they need for success in BC's tech sector.
BCTECH Strategy: www.bctechstrategy.gov.bc.ca
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