Province announces additional trades training funding in Delta

Delta North MLA Scott Hamilton was on Annacis Island last week to announce over $900,000 in funding for trades training.

Delta North MLA Scott Hamilton (centre

Delta North MLA Scott Hamilton was on Annacis Island last week to announce over $900,000 in funding for trades training.

Hamilton was joined by Industry Training Authority (ITA) CEO Gary Herman and Al Phillips, executive director of apprenticeship and training at UA Piping Industry College of B.C. (UAPICBC), at the school’s Annacis Island campus on Oct. 7 to announce the provincial government’s $937,453 investment in trades training at the facility.

“B.C. is expecting almost one million job openings by 2025, and apprentices and their training providers are a valuable part of filling this labour gap,” Hamilton said. “By partnering with training providers like UA Piping Industry College of B.C., we will continue to give British Columbians the skills training they need to find jobs right here in Delta.”

Herman and Hamilton share a laugh with student Maia Koch as they suit up for a welding demonstration during a tour of UA Piping Industry College of B.C.’s Annacis Island campus on Oct. 7. Photo credit: James Smith

Herman and Hamilton share a laugh with student Maia Koch as they suit up for a welding demonstration during a tour of UA Piping Industry College of B.C.’s Annacis Island campus on Oct. 7. Photo credit: James Smith

The funding is part of the ITA’s annual allocation to B.C. post-secondary institutions and training providers to run various training programs throughout the province and will fund 451 seats through to March 31, 2017 in trades including welder, plumber, steamfitter/pipefitter and sprinkler system installer.

“As the demand for these trades continues to grow in B.C., particularly with emerging industries, this funding is significant as it assists us in providing apprentices with the skills they need to contribute to B.C.’s growing economy,” Phillips said. “We look forward to training our future journeypersons and providing them the opportunity for a rewarding career in the piping trades.”

The ITA leads and co-ordinates B.C.’s skilled trades system by working with employers, employees, industry, labour, training providers and government to issue credentials, manage apprenticeships, set program standards for more than 100 training programs in the province, including nearly 50 Red Seal trades.

There are currently more than 39,000 registered apprentices in the industry training system (including youth) – more than double the 14,676 apprentices registered when ITA was created in 2004.

UA Piping Industry College of B.C. student Maia Koch gives Herman and Hamilton a welding demonstration during their tour of the Annacis Island campus on Oct. 7. Photo credit: James Smith

UA Piping Industry College of B.C. student Maia Koch gives Herman and Hamilton a welding demonstration during their tour of the Annacis Island campus on Oct. 7. Photo credit: James Smith

With the province expecting up to one million job openings by 2025 due to retirements and economic growth, eight out of 10 of which will require post-secondary education or trades training, the B.C. government is investing more than $94 million annually in industry training through the ITA.

“There is growing interest in trade careers across the province and the investment announced today will ensure British Columbians have the opportunity to access training in high-priority trades so that they are equipped with the right skills to respond to the job opportunities to come,” Herman said.

Just Posted

5,000 ducks race at Surrey beach

‘Ducktona’ event raises funds for Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue Station 5

New survey aims to create a ‘vibrant downtown that all of Surrey can be proud of’

Downtown Surrey BIA’s 20/20 Vision project asks residents for input

Developer looks to build 25-storey office tower by Surrey mall

Proposed for site of former Best Buy store

Seventh lane now open on Alex Fraser Bridge

Four lanes heading southbound, three heading northbound for now

VIDEO: Vancouver Island mayor details emergency response after fatal bus crash

Sharie Minions says she is ‘appalled’ by condition of road where bus crashed

Vancouver’s Tristan Connelly shocks the UFC world

Late replacement upsets big favourite Pereira, main event sees Gaethje stop Cerrone in round one

UVic president offers condolences after two students killed in bus crash

‘We also grieve with those closest to these members of our campus community,’ Cassels says

Coming Home: B.C. fire chief and disaster dog return from hurricane-ravaged Bahamas

The pair spent roughly one week on Great Abaco Island assisting in relief efforts

Newcomer Ferland lines up with sniper Pettersson as Vancouver Canucks camp opens

Ferland provides more depth and a scoring threat up front, Pettersson says

Intelligence official charged seemed to be ‘exemplar of discretion’: UBC professor

Professor Paul Evans says he served on Cameron Ortis’s doctoral dissertation committee

B.C. company gets licence to test psychedelic drugs for therapy treatment

Salvation Botanicals interested in manufacturing, testing and research and development

B.C. police watchdog to investigate man’s head injury during RCMP arrest

Suspect fled on a bicycle and fell off when an officer attempted to stop him

‘A real shame’: B.C. MLA says factors behind Tolko mill closing should have been caught

Kelowna-Mission MLA Steve Thomson said the industry is in bad shape across the province

Most Read