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North Okanagan - Shuswap School District 83 has it together by introducing Trades Training to youth at a very young age. SCIP continues to support their programs. ...

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The staff from the Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival are enjoying their near completed new office digs thanks in part to the support of the members of the Shuswap Construction Industry Professionals. The new office is located at 541 3rd Street SW in Salmon Arm. A standing ovation to all the SCIP members that donated money and time to make this happen. ...

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One of the many duties of the Shuswap MLA Greg Kyllo is to help non profits make it possible to follow through with their mandate by digging and advocating on their behalf to find funds to help them out. Most recently SCIP has been actively promoting and supporting the new Explore A Trade Program through School District # 83. A letter was written to our MLA in the Fall requesting funding to help out with the duties of SCIP so we can continue to move forward and promote worthy causes such as this. Through the gaming funds Mr. Kyllo was able to find us some money and on March 22, 2017 presented us a cheque in the amount of $10,000.00. Thank you very much from the SCIP Board of Directors. ...

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The students from School District #83 are working hard building 4' X 8' tool sheds as a project for the new Explore A Trade Program. ...

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Skilled-trades students in School District 83 will benefit from a three-year, $15-million investment by the B.C. government to support youth trades programs with the purchase of new trades-training equipment.

Today, Shuswap MLA Greg Kyllo visited Pleasant Valley secondary school in Armstrong to announce School District 83 (North Okanagan-Shuswap) is receiving $398,527 over the next three years for the purchase of equipment, including routers, sanders and jointers, in addition to automotive equipment.

The Youth Trades Capital Equipment Program will see $7.5 million dispersed during the current school year. The remaining $7.5 million will be distributed in 2017-18 ($4 million) and 2018-19 ($3.5 million). Of the $7.5 million being distributed this year, more than $5 million is going to school districts in rural B.C. Over the program’s three years, more than $9 million of the $15-million total will be distributed to rural school districts.

This investment in rural communities supports the recently announced “Building on our Rural Advantages: B.C.’s Rural Economic Development Strategy.” The strategy outlines the Province’s long-term vision to ensure British Columbians in all regions have the opportunity for well-paying jobs and a high quality of life in their community.

Fifty-nine B.C. school districts are receiving youth-trades capital funding over the next three years, 42 of which are in rural B.C.

The Youth Trades Capital Equipment Program is designed to:
•Increase participation and successful completion of youth-trades programs and the number of students that continue on to further trades-training programs;
•Ensure school districts have safe and appropriate modern trades equipment to support the delivery of trades-training programs;
•Gain a better understanding of current inventory and future need for youth-trades equipment in each district.

To be eligible for funding, school districts must have demonstrated that the capital investment supports the delivery of one or more Industry Training Authority (ITA) youth-trades programs.

In partnership with the Ministry of Education and secondary schools, the ITA funds six youth programs in B.C. – Youth Discover the Maker Way, Youth Discover the Trades, Youth Explore Trades Skills, Youth Explore Trades Sampler, Youth Train in Trades and Youth Work in Trades.

These programs map out a clear path for youth to start their trades training earlier in high school, through post-secondary and into the workforce where they can continue an apprenticeship.

The ITA leads and co-ordinates British Columbia’s skilled-trades system by working with employers, employees, industry, labour, training providers and government to issue credentials, manage apprenticeships, set program standards and increase opportunities in the trades.

Apprenticeship programs are one of the best ways for British Columbians to gain the skills and training they need to succeed in their chosen career. It is estimated 80% of training takes place on the work site and 20% takes place in the class.

The B.C. government is making record investments in modern, safe infrastructure projects throughout the province. In doing so, these construction projects are creating well-paying, family-supporting jobs. These investments are possible because of the fiscal plan of the B.C. government.


Greg Kyllo, MLA for Shuswap and parliamentary secretary for the BC Jobs Plan –

“Preparing our young people for a successful, rewarding career in the skilled trades is essential for communities in the North Okanagan and Shuswap, and the province as a whole. Providing the funding for new trades training equipment will put the latest tools in our students’ hands, which will ease their eventual transition to the workforce.”

Mike Bernier, Minister of Education –

“Students throughout the province are benefiting from this investment in trades-training equipment. Strengthening trades programs in schools helps ensure students receive the hands-on experiences they need to succeed in this changing world – and be prepared for lifelong careers in the trades and technology industry.”

Gary Herman, CEO, Industry Training Authority –

“Trades careers are a great option for youth who are passionate about making a difference in the everyday lives of British Columbians. Investments in youth-trades training like this one are important to ensure our students are provided with opportunities to explore different trades careers to find the one that best suits their interests.”

Mark Marino, district career supervisor, School District 83 –

“We are very thankful for the financial commitment from the B.C. government. The $400,000 will be spent on technology and trades-based tools and equipment that will benefit students from kindergarten to Grade 12. We have an amazing group of innovative and professional teachers that are ready and willing to put the tools and equipment to good use in their classrooms in awareness, engagement and experiential activities.”

Quick Facts:
•ITA provides more than 100 apprenticeship training programs in B.C., including 50 Red Seal trades.
•There are currently nearly 45,000 participants in apprenticeship programs in the industry training system (apprentices, high school youth and foundation), more than double the 20,050 participants when the ITA was created in 2004.
•B.C. is expecting up to one million job openings by 2025 due to retirements and economic growth.
•Eight of every 10 of these job openings will require post-secondary education or trades training.

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