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The Skills and Training Plan for BC


Download the Skills and Training PlanOf the one million job openings ahead, 43 per cent will need trades and technical training. The Skills and Training Plan represents fundamental change to how we prepare British Columbians for the jobs of tomorrow.


The plan is the result of numerous conversations with industry, with employers and with post-secondary institutions — through regional workforce tables, through sector-based tables and through one-on-one conversations at which our government listened to their needs. And it will help ensure British Columbians can take advantage of the incredible job opportunities today and in the years ahead, and help us address the rising shortage of workers.


Read: Why does BC need a skills and training plan

Find out more: BC’s Regional Workforce Tables 


British Columbians are highly skilled and our people are our most competitive asset. It is vital that people have the right skills for the jobs that are in demand now and into the future.


The Skills and Training Plan is built on four key areas of action:


1. Today’s training is tomorrow’s careers — promote dynamic opportunities in trades and technical fields and improve policies that support these choices.


  • Developed an integrated plan to create multiple pathways to graduation and career preparation.
  • K-12 sector target of a 50% increase in the number of graduates proceeding immediately from high school to a trades or technical program.
  • Ensure students are better aware of trades and technical career opportunities.


2. Invest in and improve our training facilities and equipment, and ensure the availability of technical education teachers, particularly with trades certification.


  • Extend partnerships between post-secondary institutions and industry through shared facilities, equipment and staff.
  • We will also ensure the availability of teachers delivering trades and technical training, and help school districts coordinate regional sessions to review labour needs and opportunities.
  • Address equipment and facility needs for trades and technical training through our existing capital envelope. We will be seeking partnerships with industry and others to ensure students have access to new, advanced technologies and equipment already available on worksites.
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3. Get the right mix and quality of trades and technical programs and accelerating completion times and rates while maintaining the high standards required by industry.


  • Ensure program dollars are matched to regional needs, and thereby ensure the right seats are available in right places. The solution does not lie in increasing funding,
  • Be smarter about how program  funding is aligned: ensuring it is correctly matched to labour market needs.
  • Build on existing centres for mining, oil and gas and shipbuilding, creating hubs to further leverage our partnerships with industry.


4. Align economic immigration selection to British Columbia’s labour market needs.

  • Improve our work with industry to address needs in high unemployment areas by recruiting workers from other provinces
  • Conduct up to six industry-led recruitment missions and improved marketing efforts.
  • Improve our recruitment of trades and technical workers from other countries, by committing to three international recruitment missions for 2012/13 for high-demand occupations


Read the full Skills and Training Plan  |  Read the News Release & Backgrounder