B.C. needs to address shortage in skilled labour
We’ve all heard how recently, Chinese miners have been sent to work in northern mining operations rather than employing British Columbians who need jobs now. This is unacceptable, but speaks to a continuing trend in which we are not meeting the needs of industry to supply jobs in the province. The trades are vital to maintaining our society and the infrastructure we rely on to continue our lifestyles.
The BC Liberals have decided they have no interest in promoting skills training; in the decade since they eliminated skills training programs, graduation rates for apprentices have been drastically reduced, and there remains no plan to improve rates by the government. We need to start making serious attempts to address our skills shortage. The BC NDP has a plan for the promotion of skills in our society. It’s been pointed out as one of the cornerstones of the campaign.
We need to bring back skilled trades into our society; not by importing workers from abroad, but by ensuring our citizens have the skills and the jobs.