SURREY – The provincial government has provided Kwantlen Polytechnic University with $237,280 for 64 critical trade seats to reduce wait times for students entering an in-demand trade profession.

Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s funding will go towards the following programs:

  • Welding: 16 Foundation seats
  • Electrical: 16 Foundation seats
  • Electrical: 16 Level 2 seats
  • Electrical: 16 Level 3 seats

“It is critical that B.C.’s economic growth is supported by our locally trained trades professionals,” Surrey-Fleetwood MLA Peter Fassbender said. “Good, strong education and training in a in-demand field benefits everyone from the students acquiring long-term well-paying jobs in trades, to everyday British Columbians being a part of a well founded, booming economy.”

“These trades training seats will help B.C. pave the way to success, towards a skilled workforce, diverse economy, and strong communities,” Surrey-Cloverdale MLA Stephanie Cadieux said. “This is an investment in the future of B.C., ensuring that our diverse economy is built upon the hard work of British Columbians all across the province.”

“Trades occupations are diverse, rewarding, and stable jobs that will benefit British Columbians both today and into the future,” Delta North MLA Scott Hamilton said. “Better yet, the training and schooling for the trades will be available all across the province, including our local Kwantlen Polytechnic University Surrey Campus, making trades training as accessible as possible.”

Kwantlen’s support is part of a $6.1 million initiative to fund 1,429 additional critical trade seats this year in 14 public post-secondary institutions throughout the province and supports B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint.

Foundation training programs provide students with the basic knowledge and skills needed for entry into a particular occupation. Students receive credit for the first level of apprenticeship training in a specific field by the Industry Training Authority (ITA) upon successful completion.

B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint outlines how the provincial government is re-engineering the education system – from kindergarten through to post-secondary training and beyond – to make sure education and training aligns with B.C. jobs.

B.C. expects one million job openings by 2022. More than 78% of jobs will require some form of post-secondary education, and 44% of jobs will be in skilled trades and technical occupations. Approximately 12% of the one million projected job openings are for in-demand trade occupations in B.C.