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Stories of BC Women in Trades

Julia Ballantyne, Refrigeration Mechanic I got into the trades in 2012 starting with the discovery trades program at BCIT. At the end of that program I chose to go into refrigeration because it is a combination of a bunch of trades.

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B.C. readies to train construction craft workers needed for LNG plants

VIDEO: The Industry Training Authority will introduce a new trades classification in response to the expected boom in the LNG industry. Brian Coxford reports. VANCOUVER – It could be the most important job on an LNG site once that commitment

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Skilled Trades Summit

The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development, highlighted government initiatives to address the labour market demand for skilled trade workers June 6 at the Skilled Trades Summit, hosted by the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum. Source: Employment and Social Development Canada

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Better Workforce Starts with Education and Training

A new strategy to improve worker skills and better match young people to jobs in demand was announced by the B.C. government on May 4.  The government of B.C. wants to fill the 1,126,000 job openings expected by 2022 by

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Tackling the Skills Gap

“A shortage of skilled workers is the single biggest issue facing Canadian executives in 2014” – Canadian Education and Research Institute for Counselling (CERIC) A gap seems to exist between the workforce that employers want to hire and the workforce

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Narrowing the Gap Between Workers and Skills

Changes in technology are creating a gap between wages and skilled workers in the manufacturing sector. This gap will increase as manufacturing jobs continue to disappear, entry level manufacturing jobs remain vacant, and highly skilled workers find jobs with higher

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