ABBOTSFORD – Students across British Columbia will have new opportunities for skills training, thanks to $10 million in one-time funding being provided to 16 B.C. public post-secondary institutions to prepare workers for jobs in their regions.

Advanced Education Minister Naomi Yamamoto made the announcement at the 18th annual BC Skills Competition in Abbotsford, where approximately 400 secondary, post-secondary and apprenticeship students demonstrated their developing skills as future welders, carpenters and other exciting careers.

The funding, made available through the Canada – British Columbia Labour Market Development Agreement, will go toward short-term training determined on an institution-to-institution basis to ensure it meets local training needs. Possible examples of training include an introduction to trades, heavy equipment operation, professional truck driving, road building, commercial transport vehicle mechanic, diesel engine mechanic or industrial electrician.

Over the next decade, British Columbia is projected to have over one million job openings. The BC Jobs Plan will ensure the over $500 million provided annually for labour market and training programs is targeted to meeting regional and industry labour market needs.