New UNBC Program Aims to Fill Skills Gap
Prince George, B.C. – UNBC is set to launch a new program it says will connect prospective students with local employers.
Under the terms of the Advanced Employment Skills Certificate program, employers will pay the full tuition and living expenses for students during the academic year starting this fall.
Students will work at the sponsoring business during the school year and again during a paid work term in the summer when they are not attending classes.
“UNBC recognized a need from employers to attract, train, and retain workers in traditionally hard-to-fill positions. The Advanced Employment Skills Certificate will give employers opportunities to fill those jobs,” says UNBC Business Development Officer Garth Frizzell.
The two-year certificate will combine a mixture of for-credit undergraduate courses as well as certificate-level Continuing Studies programs.
Once complete, students will earn 30 undergraduate course credits they can apply to a degree if they wish to continue their studies.
The Exploration Place museum is one of the first organizations to sign up for the program.
“This fall we need two new staff in our curatorial department and the students this program promises to attract will fit those needs,” says CEO Tracy Calogheros. “The Exploration Place is excited to be one of the first cohort of employers benefiting from the program.”
For more information on the program click here.