Jarrod Hansen

Langley schools get funds for trades gear

Money for equipment will come in over the next three years from the province.

  • Thu Mar 16th, 2017 8:00am
  • News

Langley School District will receive $506,000 for trades training equipment from the province, the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training announced Thursday.

The money comes from a three-year $15 million project that will be buying gear across the province.

The Langley district will be acquiring planetary mixers, car hoists, and ovens for its trade training programs.

Half of the money will be spent this year, and half over the next two years.

The Youth Trades Capital Equipment program is designed to increase participation and completion of youth trades programs, to ensure school districts have safe and modern equipment for their programs, and to survey the current inventory of trades equipment in each school district.

Schools still teach traditional woodworking, metalworking and autoshop classes, but have added higher-tech trades over the past few decades. Some students now build robots or create new phone apps as well.