It’s been estimated there will be over 1,000,000 job openings in BC between now and 2020. 43% of these will be in trades and technical training occupations – but unless we act now there may not be enough skilled workers to fill them.
The BC government recently announced a comprehensive plan to help British Columbians get the skills and training they need to fill these jobs. And the K-12 system has an important role to play to help make it happen. Together with school districts, the Ministry of Education will:
- ensure that learners have multiple pathways to graduation, the workplace, and post-secondary education;
- improve learner access to information about, and support for, trades and technical occupations;
- expand our partnerships with industry and post-secondary institutions to improve trades and technical training opportunities.
We’re still working out exactly how we can achieve these objectives. You can help us by providing your ideas on the following questions:
- As a parent or teacher, how have you helped a young person choose a learning or career path?
- How can we encourage young people to explore career options in the trades and skilled occupations, especially in the earlier grades?
- Many of us don’t consider trades and technical careers as viable options for our young people. How can we change that perception?
If you have thoughts about the broader government strategy for skills and training, please contact the BC Jobs Plan team.