Thursday, December 6, 2012
Education is Key to
Jobs go begging
for lack of skilled workers
Released by Jennifer Jones, BC NDP Caucus
Liberal government still refuses to invest in new skills training
and apprenticeship programs despite an “immediate shortage” of a
skilled workers for the construction industry in B.C., say the New
“Earlier this week a B.C.
delegation went to California to find workers for construction in
the north because there aren’t enough people ready with the
appropriate training here,” said Gwen O’Mahony, New Democrat critic
for skills training. “We don’t have those skilled workers ready
because beginning in 2004, the Liberals dismantled B.C.’s trades
training and apprenticeship system.”
Vice-President of JJM Construction Dee Miller said in a release
earlier this week, “Projects don’t get built without a highly
skilled workforce, so traveling to California with the [B.C.
Construction Association] team is an easy decision for us.”
Abigail Fulton, Vice President of the B.C. Construction Association
said, “We are not taking away jobs from people here at home. We’re
looking for very specific skills and experience. There’s an
immediate shortage and we expect that to continue.”
Similar delegations from British Columbia have gone to Ireland
looking for skilled workers as well.
O’Mahony said it is hard to take the Liberal government seriously
when they can find millions for pre-election style jobs plan ads,
but nothing for apprenticeship and skills training programs.
“Despite their ‘jobs plan,’ the Liberals have put no new money into
skills training in the 2012 budget. It’s no surprise that
apprenticeship completion rates have fallen from 43 to 37 per cent
from 2009/10 to 2011/12. This year is on track to be even worse, at
just 35 per cent to date,” said O’Mahony.
O’Mahony said post-secondary education and skills training are
critical to B.C.'s economy, and New Democrats have a plan to improve
access to post-secondary education and trades training by offering
$100 million in needs-based, non-repayable student grants.
Adrian Dix and the New Democrats are committed to change for the
better, by modernizing and improving B.C.’s skills training system
to offer ladders of opportunity, build a stronger economy and reduce
Connect with MLA Gwen
O'Mahony on the government website
here or on Facebook
Her office is located
across from city hall at 101A - 8615 Young Road
Chilliwack, BC V2P 4P3.
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