BURNABY – The Province announced today that it has invested, through
the Industry Training Authority (ITA), $36,000 in the Burnaby School
District for skills training seats in the district’s Community and
Continuing Education program.
The investment will fund 32 Landscape Horticulturist seats in School
District 41 through to March 31, 2017.
The funding is part of the ITA’s allocation to B.C. post-secondary
institutions and training providers to run various training programs
throughout the province.
“Apprentices and their educators are an invaluable part of our
province’s economy. They help fill our labour market demands and keep
our economy diverse and strong. I am happy to see that School District
41 has been recognized as a part of this winning solution for B.C.’s
economy,” says Richard T. Lee, MLA for Burnaby North.
This investment is in addition to two recent funding announcements for
Burnaby: $18 million to fund 6,769 skills training seats at the B.C.
Institute of Technology; and $323,000 to fund 160 seats at the
International Union of Operating Engineers Local 115.
In response to the objectives outlined in B.C.’s Skills for Jobs
Blueprint and the McDonald Report, the B.C. government has worked in
partnership with the ITA to begin building a demand-driven trades
training system with funding aligned to specific in-demand trades.
The provincial government invests more than $94 million annually in
industry training through the ITA. The ITA leads and co-ordinates
British Columbia’s skilled trades system by working with employers,
employees, industry, labour, training providers and government to issue
credentials, manage apprenticeships, set program standards and increase
opportunities in the trades.