Province announces additional trades training funding in Delta

Delta North MLA Scott Hamilton was on Annacis Island last week to announce over $900,000 in funding for trades training.

Delta North MLA Scott Hamilton (centre

Delta North MLA Scott Hamilton was on Annacis Island last week to announce over $900,000 in funding for trades training.

Hamilton was joined by Industry Training Authority (ITA) CEO Gary Herman and Al Phillips, executive director of apprenticeship and training at UA Piping Industry College of B.C. (UAPICBC), at the school’s Annacis Island campus on Oct. 7 to announce the provincial government’s $937,453 investment in trades training at the facility.

“B.C. is expecting almost one million job openings by 2025, and apprentices and their training providers are a valuable part of filling this labour gap,” Hamilton said. “By partnering with training providers like UA Piping Industry College of B.C., we will continue to give British Columbians the skills training they need to find jobs right here in Delta.”

Herman and Hamilton share a laugh with student Maia Koch as they suit up for a welding demonstration during a tour of UA Piping Industry College of B.C.’s Annacis Island campus on Oct. 7. Photo credit: James Smith

Herman and Hamilton share a laugh with student Maia Koch as they suit up for a welding demonstration during a tour of UA Piping Industry College of B.C.’s Annacis Island campus on Oct. 7. Photo credit: James Smith

The funding is part of the ITA’s annual allocation to B.C. post-secondary institutions and training providers to run various training programs throughout the province and will fund 451 seats through to March 31, 2017 in trades including welder, plumber, steamfitter/pipefitter and sprinkler system installer.

“As the demand for these trades continues to grow in B.C., particularly with emerging industries, this funding is significant as it assists us in providing apprentices with the skills they need to contribute to B.C.’s growing economy,” Phillips said. “We look forward to training our future journeypersons and providing them the opportunity for a rewarding career in the piping trades.”

The ITA leads and co-ordinates B.C.’s skilled trades system by working with employers, employees, industry, labour, training providers and government to issue credentials, manage apprenticeships, set program standards for more than 100 training programs in the province, including nearly 50 Red Seal trades.

There are currently more than 39,000 registered apprentices in the industry training system (including youth) – more than double the 14,676 apprentices registered when ITA was created in 2004.

UA Piping Industry College of B.C. student Maia Koch gives Herman and Hamilton a welding demonstration during their tour of the Annacis Island campus on Oct. 7. Photo credit: James Smith

UA Piping Industry College of B.C. student Maia Koch gives Herman and Hamilton a welding demonstration during their tour of the Annacis Island campus on Oct. 7. Photo credit: James Smith

With the province expecting up to one million job openings by 2025 due to retirements and economic growth, eight out of 10 of which will require post-secondary education or trades training, the B.C. government is investing more than $94 million annually in industry training through the ITA.

“There is growing interest in trade careers across the province and the investment announced today will ensure British Columbians have the opportunity to access training in high-priority trades so that they are equipped with the right skills to respond to the job opportunities to come,” Herman said.

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