Added funds allow Langley schools to build upon apprecticeships

Langley is one of 15 Lower Mainland districts to receive trades education funding.

Lower Mainland school districts will receive $500,000 from the Industry Training Authority (ITA) to support theYouth Work in Trades Programs for the 2017-18 school year.

Langley’s share is $40,000. Districts will receive between $20,000 and $40,000.

This funding will be used across the region to support youth apprentices in their communities.

“The world is changing and B.C. parents need to know we are preparing young people to succeed for life beyond school, and providing training options outside of the university post-secondary pathway,” said Christine Klar, ITA Apprenticeship advisor, Vancouver. “This funding provides practical experience for students entering the trades and will help prepare them for the job market.”

Youth Work in Trades is a dual credit program that provides an opportunity for students in Grades 10, 11 and 12 to begin their apprenticeships and help districts connect students with local employers for practical experience. Students will earn wages while gaining credit toward their high school diplomas and the work-based training portion of their trades apprenticeships.

An apprenticeship is a combination of on-the-job and classroom training and typically takes four years to complete.

“I want everyone throughout the Lower Mainland and across British Columbia to have the opportunity to experience the transformative effect that education and skills training can have on a person,” said Advanced Education Minister Melanie Mark.

ITA partners with the Ministry of Education to deliver ITA Youth Trades Programs that can start as early as Grade 5.

Discover the Trades provide hands-on opportunities for students to try-a-trade, learn about trades and build projects using design thinking as early as grade 5.

Explore the Trades gives students a chance to explore different trades in Grades 10 to 12. Students gain practical skills and complete work certifications.

Train in Trades is a dual credit program for Grades 11 and 12 that allows students to earn credits towards high school graduation and first level of technical training towards a trades certificate.

Work in Trades is a dual credit program for Grades 10 to 12 that allows students to earn credits towards high school graduation and also begin the paid work-based training component of an apprenticeship.

The overall funding for ITA’s Youth Trades Training programs across the province in 2017-18 is $7.56M.

For the ITA Youth Work in Trades Programs, ITA is investing $500,000 in 2017-18 in the following 15 Lower Mainland school districts:

Abbotsford (SD 34) $40,000

Burnaby (SD 41) $40,000

Chilliwack (SD 33) $30,000

Coquitlam (SD 43) $40,000

Delta (SD 37) $40,000

Fraser-Cascade (SD 78) $20,000

Langley (SD 35) $40,000

Maple Ridge–Pitt Meadows (SD 42) $40,000

Mission (SD 75) $30,000

New Westminster (SD 40) $30,000

Richmond (SD 38) $40,000

Sunshine Coast (SD46) $20,000

Surrey (SD 36) $20,000

Vancouver (SD 44) $40,000

West Vancouver (SD 45) $30,000

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