High School Apprenticeship Programs Receive a Boost
Prince George, B.C. – The provincial government has expanded its investment in high school apprenticeship programs.
Forty-five school districts throughout the province will each receive funding of between $20,000 and $40,000 for the Youth Work in Trades program to boost trades training for youth. $30,000 has been earmarked for the Prince George School District.
Victoria, through the Industry Training Authority, is investing a total of $1.18 million.
Youth Work in Trades is a dual credit program that provides an opportunity for B.C. students in grades 10-12 to begin their apprenticeships. The money supports school districts in placing students with local employers to attain practical experience.
Students will earn a paycheque while gaining credit toward their high school diploma and the apprenticeship portion of their trades training.
The province says the funding helps support the goals of B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint which aims to prepare students for a successful career in skilled trades.
Prince George School Board chair Tony Cable was pleased to hear some extra dollars are headed this way.
“It’s definitely a goal of our district and many districts to take some of that apprenticeship and carpentry and welding courses when students are in high school,” he said. “It is very important and any extra funding is much appreciated.”