Can the NDP boost the number of tradespeople?
Government, industry and labour groups say it’s urgent to train the next generation
The province’s industry training authority says opportunities for skilled trades trainees may soon be on the up in B.C., following four years of decline in apprenticeship registrations.
Apprenticeships are accredited training programs made up mostly of paid work experience that lead to certifications in skilled trades ranging from hairstyling to heavy equipment operation. The most recent Statistics Canada data shows the number of people enrolled in apprenticeships in B.C. hit a fouryear low in 2016. In the same time period, the province’s labour force grew by 107,000 people.
B.C. is also going through a labour shortage in sectors Trainees at the BCIT iron workers training centre in June.
that use skilled trades, like construction. Only 5,400 people who work in construction were out of work in B.C. in October, representing an unemployment rate less than 3 per cent.
In that context government, industry and labour
groups have all said there’s an urgent need to train the next generation of skilled tradespeople.
Rod Bianchini, COO of the Industry Training Authority, which oversees skilled trades training in B.C., said it’s an “excellent time” to start an apprenticeship in B.C., and that there’s reason to believe enrolments could rise again, thanks in part to a provincial policy pertaining to public infrastructure projects.
Construction jobs in high demand. Story at thestar.com/vancouver