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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Ministers' statement on Skilled Trades and Technology Week

VICTORIA - Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Responsible for Labour Shirley Bond and Minister of Advanced Education Amrik Virk have issued the following statement in recognition of Skilled Trades and Technology Week, Nov. 4-10, 2013.

"Over the next decade there will be more than one million job openings in B.C., and over 40 per cent of these jobs will be in trades or technical occupations. Skilled Trades and Technology Week is a great reminder that all of us - government, employers, educators and parents - need to work together to ensure our youth have the skills required to be first in line for these jobs.

"The BC Jobs Plan and Skills and Training Plan are addressing this goal by investing more than $500 million annually to support employment and skills training programs throughout the province, as well over $100 million annually for trades training through the Industry Training Authority. British Columbians have a once-in-a-generation opportunity right now. Our goal is to make sure this opportunity translates into good jobs that strengthen families, communities and our economy."

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Asia Pacific Gateway Skills Table wishes to acknowledge the funding support from the Sector Council Program, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada and the Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative led by Transport Canada.