The Industry Training Authority’s (ITA) 2016 Regional Roadshow awarded Bulkley Valley School District (SD 54) with the YouthWork in Trades Performance Award for having the highest program registration in the Nechako region. The award includes$5000 in additional funding to assist the district with the development of their Youth Work in Trades program.
The Youth Work in Trades program is a dual credit program that allows youth to begin their work-based training component of an apprenticeship while still in secondary school. As 80 percent of training takes place on the work site and 20 per cent takes place in the classroom, it is important that School Districts expose the skilled trades to students early in their education to build awareness about the opportunities available, and to help them get the hands-on experience that is a crucial component of their trades training journey.
As part of recent $7.8M funding increase granted by the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training, ITA has expanded theYouth Work in Trades program to support and guide youth in securing employer sponsorship. The funding increase has made it possible for a greater number of districts to access this funding, and directly supports the goals outlined in B.C.’s Skills forJobs Blueprint to better prepare B.C.’s youth for successful careers in the skilled trades.
WorkBC’s Find Your Fit is a fun, interactive events designed to provide students with hands-on experience at different career stations to help them discover and explore B.C. careers.