QUESNEL — Local students will be among the nearly 1,400 British Columbians across the province receiving the training they need for jobs in their communities, thanks to the federal and provincial partnership under the Canada Job Fund.

This includes more than $295,000 for a Project-Based Training (PBT) program for First Nations youth offered at Quesnel Employment Services.

The program is now underway with training expected to finish by the end of February 2016. It is part of a total investment of more than $10.4 million in 46 training programs benefitting British Columbians across the province thanks to the Canada–B.C. Job Fund Agreement under the Employer-Sponsored Training stream.

“By providing skills training opportunities for in-demand jobs close to home, our government is working to ensure that British Columbians can participate in our strong, growing and diverse economy,” Cariboo North MLA Coralee Oakes said.

These skills training programs support B.C.’s regional labour market demands and provide opportunities to youth, women, Indigenous people, immigrants and other eligible participants to receive training as well as industry recognized certificates or credentials.

Quick Facts:

  • In the next decade, B.C. will see nearly one million job openings due to retirements and economic growth.  Almost 8/10 of these openings will require post-secondary education or trades training.
  • The B.C. government invests more than $7.5 billion each year in education and training.
  • Over the next 10 years, the B.C. government will redirect $3 billion in training investments towards these in-demand jobs.

To learn more about the Canada Job Fund, visit: esdc.gc.ca/eng/jobs/training_agreements/cjf/index.shtml