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$480 million Future Ready Action Plan aimed to up-skill B.C.

$480 million Future Ready Action Plan aimed to up-skill B.C.

VICTORIA — The Government of British Columbia is investing $480 million into up-skilling British Columbians for in-demand jobs.

StrongerBC: Future Ready Action Plan has been unveiled with a focus on five key pillars: improving affordability for post-secondary education, supporting reskilling efforts to get people into in-demand sectors, reducing employment barriers, addressing Indigenous workforce priorities and helping new arrivals to B.C. find a career relevant to their skillset.

Part of the plan is the future skills grant, up to $3,500 to cover the cost of training for in-demand jobs, according to a news release. The grant will become available starting in September and covers 400 training opportunities at post-secondary institutions. In-demand sectors include construction, housing, tech and clean energy.

The province writes that this could mean roughly 8,500 newly trained people will be available over the next three years for in-demand sectors.

The plan also introduces short-term rapid response training to quickly respond to labour needs and TradeUpBC, a continuous education hub for in-demand jobs in the trades.

TradeUpBC will not replace apprentice training but act as a complementary training for certified or experienced workers. The province estimates that 6,000 people will go through TradeUpBC over the next three years.

“Every action in Future Ready is designed to take on the challenges of today, to build a better future for people and stronger economy,” said Minister of Post-Secondary Education and Future Skills Selina Robinson in the release.

To read the Future Ready Action Plan go to https://news.gov.bc.ca/files/Future-Ready-May2023.pdf.

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