Province funds 14 introductory trades seats

Students at Sprott Shaw Abbotsford to get classroom and hands-on training

MLAs Darryl Plecas and Simon Gibson

Fourteen people from Abbotsford will get to try out a variety of trades in a new provincially-funded 19-week program at Sprott Shaw College.

The “Trades for Tomorrow” program will give people looking for a job, placed through WorkBC, their first step toward a trade certification in an in-demand field. It’s provided free of charge to participants, through $104,000 of provincial funding — part of the B.C. Skills for Jobs Blueprintannounced today at Sprott Shaw College’s Abbotsford location.

Students will receive 12 weeks of classroom instruction introducing them to fields like carpentry, plumbing and welding, then seven weeks of on-the-job training through a partnership with a local employer.

“You will be making lots of money,” said MLA Darryl Plecas, adding that many of the fields students will sample have high demand for workers.

After they complete the program, Sprott Shaw staff say they’re hopeful the students will find employers willing to sponsor them for an apprenticeship in a trade.

Just Posted

Freezing temperatures expected in Lower Mainland

Snowfall warning ends, but surge or icy air to continue

Proponent of controversial quarry looking to get out

Sumas Mountain mine has triggered widespread opposition

NDP statements may impact farmland-for-industry decision, Abbotsford mayor says

City has asked for removal of farmland from Agricultural Land Reserve to spur industrial growth

Ammonia concern prompted closure of Abbotsford ice rink

Ice arena at Matsqui Recreation Centre has been shuttered for more than a week

Canucks came out hot, beat Bruins 6-1

Loui Eriksson scores twice, catapulting Vancouver to a lopsided victory over Boston

Man who stole millions from Seabird Island band sentenced to 4.5 years jail

Stephen MacKinnon sentenced in Chilliwack court for stealing $2.3 million over eight years

B.C. man brings dog to court as ‘best witness’

Man is defending himself on charges of uttering threats, possessing weapon for dangerous purposes

Ball hockey fundraiser to honour Langley man lost to cancer

Annual tournament at UBC aims to raise $45,000 this year

Vancouver artist’s cartoon of Florida school shooting resonates

Cartoon shows football coach, one of the victims, meeting others killed in school shootings

Trudeau family arrives in India for state visit

Seven-day visit includes meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Military seeks DNA experts to help ID missing war dead

Federal program recovers, identifies and arranges burials for Canada’s nearly 28,000 missing war dead

B.C. files new legal action against TransMountain pipeline

Province tries to uphold City of Burnaby bylaws, provoking Alberta

Most Read