Terrace, B.C. – Trades and technology students in Northern B.C. will be getting new, state-of-the-art training equipment Students at Coast Mountain College, College of New Caledonia, Northern Lights College and 17 other schools will receive industry-standard equipment. $3 million in government funding allowed the schools to each spend $160,000 to buy up-to-date equipment for trades and technology programs.
“Student success is the key ingredient to creating, building and maintaining the best B.C.,” said Melanie Mark, Minister of Advanced Education, in a press release. “Our strong economy and the technology driving it are rapidly evolving. Investing in students, skills and state-of-the-art training equipment at our province’s post-secondary institutions is a win-win.”
Some of the equipment purchased includes an arc welder for Coast Mountain College’s heavy-duty program, laser alignment equipment for College of New Caledonia’s industrial mechanic program in Quesnel and a hydraulic and troubleshooting trainer for Northern Lights College’s heavy mechanical trades program.
The need to fill trades and technology jobs is growing. The 2018 B.C. Labour Market Outlook projects about 82,300 tech-related job openings and about 71,000 trades openings in the province in the next decade. Some of the most sought-after trades workers are millwrights, heavy-duty mechanics and carpenters.
“Employment opportunities in the trades and technology sectors are increasing in every region of the province, helping to further B.C.’s economic prosperity,” said Bruce Ralston, Minister of Jobs, in a press release. “Training with the latest tools and equipment allows students to gain real-world skills that translate to the jobs of tomorrow.”