BCIT partners with industry and government in closing the skills gap in BC

BCIT closing the skills gap in BC

The British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) hosted Premier David Eby, Minister Selina Robson, Minister of Post-Secondary and Future Skills, and Minister Brenda Bailey, Minister of Jobs, Economic Development and Innovation, at the BCIT Annacis Island Campus yesterday for an announcement about the Province’s new StrongerBC: Future Ready Action Plan that that will give more people the skills they need to succeed in a changing economy.

“The Future Ready Action Plan reflects the strength of BCIT in providing relevant and applied training to ensure skilled professionals are job-ready to support the evolving demands of the workforce,” said Paul McCullough, Interim President, BCIT. “We look forward to creating more pathways for connecting learners, industry, and government in support of building a resilient and agile economy.”

The action plan brings together several steps taken by the Province, focused on five pillars:

  • Making post-secondary more affordable, accessible, and relevant to British Columbians
  • Supporting employers facing current and future labour force challenges to fill the jobs of tomorrow faster
  • Eliminating barriers so everyone can find a job where they can thrive
  • Addressing Indigenous People’s workforce priorities
  • Acting to ensure people new to Canada find a career in the field they are trained in

Beginning September 2023, the Future Skills Grant will provide eligible learners with up to $3,500 of funding for short-term skills training at public BC post-secondaries, including BCIT. There are currently more than 25 BCIT programs approved for the Future Skills Grant funding, including those in cybersecurity, sustainability, and construction.

Click here to read the full press release.