Stephen Harper was in Delta to announce that apprentices registered in a Red Seal trade can now apply for student loans. He was flanked by three cabinet ministers, one minister of state, two other Conservative MPs and one Senator. The Canada Apprenticeship Loan program had already been announced last year as part of the government's Economic Action Plan. Click here to read more!
Construction-related manufacturing such as architectural and structural metal fabrication will likely offer the most notable demand for welders and machine operators in coming years, WorkBC says. Click here to read more!
Almost 7,000 heavy-equipment operators will be needed in B.C.
The role of heavy equipment operator is in fact in large demand: B.C. is expected to need nearly 7,000 of them over the next decade, in no small part due to energy projects. The B.C. Jobs Plan is aiming to bring at least four natural gas pipelines and terminals online by 2020. Click here to read more!
With eyes on LNG boom, demand for construction workers in B.C. to rise
The demand for construction trades helpers and labourers is expected to rise, especially if the projected boom in the province’s fledgling LNG industry materializes. Provincial data suggest 8,170 labourers will be needed in B.C. over the next decade.B.C. Premier Christy Clark has been touting the province’s LNG sector as a way to create thousands of jobs and erase the provincial debt. Click here to read more!
Stats say B.C. expects 13,600 job openings for cooks now until 2022
From now through 2022, B.C. is expected to have about 13,600 job openings for cooks, according to government statistics. In 2006 – the most recent year for which census statistics are available – 55 per cent of the work force was male. Workers were divided relatively evenly across age groups: 35 per cent between the ages of 15 and 24, 36 per cent between 25 and 44 and 28 per cent between 45 and 64. Click here to read more!
British Columbia's skilled work force is expected to undergo an invisible shift in the coming years as the coming years as the pool of younger workers becomes smaller than the number of aging workers slated for retirement. In a 10- part series, The Globe and Mail looks at the 10 jobs expected to be in highest demand in B.C. in the next decade. Click here to read more!
Advanced Education Minister Amrik Virk said Monday the Burnaby, B.C.-based institution will receive a total of $1.35-million to pay for the new positions and some minor equipment, and there’ll be similar announcements in the coming weeks across the province as the government rolls out its Skills for Jobs Blueprint. Click here to read more!
This study compares eligibility for student financial aid by examining the amount of funds (both repayable and non-repayable) that a student would be eligible to receive in each province, based on their income group (low-, middle- and high-income). Individual provinces have also demonstrated priorities such as debt reduction strategies, universal grants, and student independence from parental support, to name a few. The complexity of student aid eligibility in each province and territory is ranked based on the number of steps and outcomes possible for a simple, undergraduate application. Click here to read more!