VICTORIA, B.C. — B.C. officials have announced they will be helping provide technology and trades equipment upgrades at 20 post-secondary institutions.
“Investing in students is an important part of building a stronger B.C.,” said Anne Kang, minister of advanced education and skills training, in a statement. “Students across the province will have the opportunity to learn the latest techniques with state-of-the-art technology and equipment, preparing them for their future careers.”
The funding will help public post-secondary institutions replace obsolete equipment and acquire up-to-date technology. Each institution is receiving as much as $150,000 to buy equipment for trades and technology programs, with government funding totalling $3 million. Institutions selected equipment to fit the programs they offer, from air compressors for welding, robotics kits for engineering and studio camera kits for animation, to dough sheeters and mixers for pastry arts.
“To prepare for tomorrow’s workforce, students need access to the best equipment available today,” said Andrew Mercier, parliamentary secretary for skills training. “Hands-on training helps students build the skills employers need and sets them up for success on the job from day one.”
Officials noted tech and trades jobs are in high demand in the province.
According to the 2019 Labour Market Outlook, 75,000 tech-related job openings, such as computer programmers, engineers and software designers, are expected in the 10-year period from 2019-29.
In the trades, approximately 73,000 job openings are expected during the same time in occupations such as millwrighting, carpentry, construction and heavy-duty machinery.