BC Industry Training Authority Money for School Districts – Abbotsford, Mission, Chilliwack

Abbotsford/Mission/Chilliwack  – Abbotsford School District will receive $40,000 from the Industry Training Authority (ITA) for Secondary School Apprenticeship (SSA) program support for the 2015/16 school year.

The funds will support Abbotsford School District in placing SSA students in grades 10, 11 and 12 with local employers to attain practical experience. Students will “earn while they learn” and gain credit towards their high school diploma and the apprenticeship portion of their trades training. 

“Employers in the Abbotsford community continue to step up and provide our youth with the necessary work based training opportunities to learn the skills of the trade,” District Principal, Career Programs Patricia Tebbutt said. “Secondary School Apprenticeship is a win-win for everyone. Students acquire the necessary mentorship to grow their skills and employers benefit by claiming tax benefits and acquiring employees that fit their unique workplace conditions and help grow their business.”

Last year’s SSA registration numbers were the highest they have been since the 2009 pre-recession years. In 2014-15, 1048 students registered in SSA programs across BC representing an increase of more than 10% over 2013-14.

“This funding provides practical experience for students entering the trades,” Abbotsford-South MLA Darryl Plecas said. “Gaining these skills prior to graduation will help fill in-demand jobs of our growing economy.”

“The youth play a pivotal role in sustaining B.C.’s future economic boom,” ITA CEO Gary Herman said. “There are more skilled tradespeople retiring from the workforce than entering it so we need to support the youth in trades training so that they are ready to respond to the increasing demand in the labour market.”

ITA partners with the Ministry of Education to deliver four youth programs focused on awareness building of skilled trades’ careers, practical work experience and apprenticeship technical training: SKILLS EXPLORATION 10-12; ACE-IT; SSA; AND YES-2-IT.

Mission School District will receive $20,000 from the Industry Training Authority (ITA) for Secondary School Apprenticeship (SSA) program support for the 2015/16 school year.

The funds will support Mission School District in placing SSA students in grades 10, 11 and 12 with local employers to attain practical experience. Students will “earn while they learn” and gain credit towards their high school diploma and the apprenticeship portion of their trades training.

“Being a small district, every dollar counts. The Secondary School Apprenticeship Grant will help the on-going work done in the Mission School District to support the engagement of youth in trades,” Principal of Riverside College Wade Peary said. “We are now taking the student out of the classroom and honouring their learning while working in a skilled trade. With over one hundred trade programs in B.C., there really is something for everyone.”

Last year’s SSA registration numbers were the highest they have been since the 2009 pre-recession years. In 2014-15, 1048 students registered in SSA programs across BC representing an increase of more than 10% over 2013-14.

“This funding will provide students with skills development through practical, hands-on experience,” said Abbotsford-Mission MLA Simon Gibson. “These students will help meet the needs in the future for skilled workers.” 

“The youth play a pivotal role in sustaining B.C.’s future economic boom,” ITA CEO Gary Herman said. “There are more skilled tradespeople retiring from the workforce than entering it so we need to support the youth in trades training so that they are ready to respond to the increasing demand in the labour market.”

ITA partners with the Ministry of Education to deliver four youth programs focused on awareness building of skilled trades’ careers, practical work experience and apprenticeship technical training: SKILLS EXPLORATION 10-12; ACE-IT; SSA; AND YES-2-IT.

Chilliwack School District will receive $30,000 from the Industry Training Authority (ITA) for Secondary School Apprenticeship (SSA) program support for the 2015/16 school year.

The funds will support Chilliwack School District in placing SSA students in grades 10, 11 and 12 with local employers to attain practical experience. Students will “earn while they learn” and gain credit towards their high school diploma and the apprenticeship portion of their trades training.

“Without this funding we would not be able to provide the level of support to students who are interested in pursuing a career in trades,” Apprenticeship Coordinator Colin Mitchell said.

Last year’s SSA registration numbers were the highest they have been since the 2009 pre-recession years. In 2014-15, 1048 students registered in SSA programs across BC representing an increase of more than 10% over 2013-14.

“Providing students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience before finishing high school gives them a head start to building their career,” Chilliwack MLA John Martin said. “Students will be ready to join the workforce or pursue more advanced training when they graduate.”

“The youth play a pivotal role in sustaining B.C.’s future economic boom,” ITA CEO Gary Herman said. “There are more skilled tradespeople retiring from the workforce than entering it so we need to support the youth in trades training so that they are ready to respond to the increasing demand in the labour market.”

ITA partners with the Ministry of Education to deliver four youth programs focused on awareness building of skilled trades’ careers, practical work experience and apprenticeship technical training: SKILLS EXPLORATION 10-12; ACE-IT; SSA; AND YES-2-IT.

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