Funding helps creates more trades seats at BCIT

BCIT is getting $1.35 million from the provincial government to create an additional 272 seats to train trades workers like electricians, ironworkers, welders, pipe fitters and heavy duty mechanics.

The seats will be available as soon as September and will reduce the time students have to wait to get into trades programs.

Amrik Virk, the Minister of Advanced Education, said the additional seats will help put British Columbians at the front of the line for the estimated one million job openings the government expects to be created by expanding the Liquefied Natural Gas industry.

"These additional seats will create greater opportunities for students to move from learners to earners," said Virk.

BCIT president Kathy Kinloch said the money will ensure the school is able to turn out a skilled labour force.

"The funding for critical trades seats will open up access to trades and skills training programs at BCIT for more students," she said.

Almost $800,000 of the funding will help create the seats, while the remaining money will be used to acquire equipment like tools, welding equipment, threading machines, a small steam boiler and other training equipment.


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