August 04, 2014 - 4:17 PM
KAMLOOPS – To combat growing worker demand for the liquefied gas industry among others, the B.C. government has agreed to allocate $265,000 for Thompson Rivers University to add a total 52 spots to its welding, carpentry and electrician training programs.
The amount funded to the university is part of a $6.8 million provincial wide program. The spots are expected to become available for the upcoming intake in Fall of this year.
"We want British Columbian students and workers to be first in line for job openings expected in the coming years,” said Kamloops-North Thompson MLA Terry Lake.
“These 52 additional seats at Thompson Rivers University mean greater opportunities for students to get the skills they need to get ahead."
Thirteen other post-secondary institutions are expected to be a part of the grant, which will fund close to 1,500 seats in trade-related programs.
A million job openings are predicted to occur by 2022 – 43 per cent are expected to require college education or apprenticeship training.
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