The federal and provincial governments will spend $7 million to support businesses to provide skills training to their current and future employees. The Canada-BC Job Grant is building on the success of earlier funding announcements which government says has already provided more than 15 thousand workers with training.
“Our economy is expected to lead the country in economic growth over the next two years,” said B.C. Premier Christy Clark. “This funding will go a long way to help businesses provide their employees with the skills training they need so that we have the workforce to keep our economy diverse, strong and growing.”
Employers will be able to seek funding from now until September 30th. $5 million dollars will be directed to support priority sector jobs in the technology, green economy and construction sectors. $1 million will be directed to employers to support individuals in under represented groups such as aboriginal people, persons with disabilities and youth. $1 million more will support refugees who are looking for skills training.
“We are expecting nearly one million job openings in British Columbia by 2024 due to retirements and economic growth and it is important that British Columbians have the skills and training they need for these future openings, said BC Jobs Minister Shirley Bond. “The Canada-B.C. Job Grant will help many B.C. businesses upskill and train their employees so they are successful in their careers.”
The announcement was made at the Yellowhead Helicopters office in Prince George. It is a previous recipient of a $244 thousand dollar grant with led to the training of 40 employees.