VANCOUVER—The Vancouver Regional Construction Association (VRCA) has announced a partnership with several Burnaby stakeholders to bring trades into educational environments.
The VRCA’s Bring Trades to School initiative, announced Feb. 7, is a partnership with the Burnaby Board of Trade (BBOT), the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) and the Burnaby School District that’s meant to bring trades training directly into schools including mechanical, welding, carpentry and electrical training.
The program will allow for students to engage in practical workshops and immersive experiences while interacting with educators and industry experts, a VRCA release said.
“This marks a significant milestone for the VRCA team as we inaugurate this innovative initiative. Originating from VRCA’s Education Committee, with valued contributions from our esteemed program partners, the concept has flourished. By bringing trades directly into schools, we aim to inspire and empower the next generation of skilled professionals while working to increase B.C.’s skilled workforce,” VRCA president Jeannine Martin said.
“Skilled trades are and will continue to be in high demand, so providing students with the opportunity to explore different skilled trades through hands-on, practical experience is a win for everyone. Students connect with well-paying career options, and Burnaby gains more tradespeople to continue building and growing our local community and economy,” added BBOT director of workforce initiatives Ryan Leonhard.