Province invests $7 million in Trades Training

VANCOUVER – The Province has announced today that it has invested,

through the Industry Training Authority (ITA), $7 million in Vancouver

Community College (VCC) for trades training through to March 31, 2017,

to meet industry needs and ensure quality training in high priority


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 high priority trades.

With the government’s $7-million investment, the ITA will fund 1,870

trades training seats at Vancouver Community College in:


* Automotive Service Technician

* Heavy Mechanical

* Baker

* Professional Cook

* Commercial Transport Mechanic


The provincial government also highlighted the innovative partnership

that Vancouver Community College has developed with White Spot

Restaurants. Each year, White Spot selects cohorts of students from VCC

to train at White Spot’s state of the art culinary training facility in

Vancouver. This makes White Spot the only hospitality company in the

province to be formally accredited to deliver Professional Cook

Training 1 and 2. Students in the White Spot Culinary program return to

VCC to complete Professional Cook Training 3 and become Red Seal


“It is a pleasure to see outstanding B.C. businesses like White Spot,
with its headquarters right here in Vancouver-Fraserview, develop
partnerships with post-secondary institutions to create this win-win
situation, Says Suzanne Anton, MLA for Vancouver-Fraserview-
“This approach works – students are happy to receive hands-on
experience with a renowned business leader, and employers are training
professionals that they can retain for years to come.”

The provincial government invests more than $94 million 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.



Everything is awesome when Lego and literacy unite

VICTORIA - The sounds of creativity echoed through the Greater Victoria 
Public Library's Central Branch today as Minister of Education Peter 
Fassbender was joined by young learners for a morning of reading and Lego 
building, celebrating the BC Summer Reading Club.
 This year's club theme, "Build It!" encourages kids to use technology, 
crafts, architecture and imagination to explore books and get a head-
start to hands-on learning. Offered at public libraries throughout the 
province, the Summer Reading Club builds literacy skills and encourages 
creative discovery.
"Reading is life's essential skill. The Summer Reading Club gives kids 
the tools to explore their own literacy journey, while discovering new 
books, new ideas and new stories. I know every child participating this 
summer is reaching new reading goals, keeping their reading skills sharp, 
and getting ready for the new school year in September." says Peter Fassbender, 
Minister of Education.
 The Summer Reading Club helps kids stick to their reading goals and 
prevents summer reading loss. Voluntary reading strongly encourages and 
establishes good reading habits, and has a positive connection to future 
success in school. Improving the literacy skills of all British 
Columbians is vital to the province's social and economic development.
 The Summer Reading Club reaches over 85,000 young learners during July 
and August. All public libraries in B.C. take part in the program. Each 
year the Ministry of Education provides $50,000 in Funding to the BC 
Library Association to co-ordinate the Summer Reading Club and provide 
materials to libraries.
 To connect with a local summer reading program, parents can contact their 
local library. A list of libraries is online at