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New funding is being invested in thousands of youth, women and under-represented groups to get the training and support they need for apprenticeships and employment in the skilled trades.

At Sir Charles Tupper Secondary school, Melanie Mark, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training, announced that $12.4 million will support seven new programs to help 2,036 women and other under-represented groups access opportunities for pre-apprenticeship training, apprenticeship services, and employment.

Additionally, an estimated 1,300 secondary students throughout B.C. will benefit from access to trades training, with $1.37 million to fund Industry Training Authority (ITA) Youth Work in Trades programs at 51 school districts and several independent schools.

Funding for the Youth Work in Trades programs comes from the ITA's annual youth budget. It is a dual credit program for students in grades 10-12 that allows them to earn credits towards high school graduation and begin the paid work-based training component of an apprenticeship.

"Access to the Youth Work in Trades program gives students a head start on training for a good career by providing real-world experience and high school credits," said Rob Fleming, Minister of Education. "Together with the ITA and school districts across the province, we are ensuring that students have better opportunities to transition into the workforce."

Locally School District 58 Nicola-Similkameen is one of 51 schools receiving a share of $1.37 million for the 2019-20 school year. SD 58 is being granted $20,000.


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