(The Youth in Trades Programs is receiving $40,000 in funding for student apprenticeships. (File photo)

(The Youth in Trades Programs is receiving $40,000 in funding for student apprenticeships. (File photo)

Abbotsford school trades program receives funding boost

$40,000 coming to apprenticeship program

The Abbotsford school district will receive $40,000 to support the Youth in Trades Program and youth apprenticeships in the community.

The cash is part of $500,000 in funding from the Industry Training Authority being spread out across Lower Mainland school districts.

Students in Grades 10, 11 and 12 can begin their apprenticeship journey in the dual-credit Youth in Trades Program. The money will help connect students with employers who can provide them with practical, paid experience.

“I want everyone throughout the Lower Mainland and across British Columbia to have the opportunity to experience the transformative effect that education and skills training can have on a person,” Melanie Mark, minister of advanced education, skills and training, said in a statement.

“By continuing to invest in ITA Youth in Trades programs, we are supporting the future builders of our strong, sustainable and innovative economy. Our government will continue to take a people-focused approach to build a better BC for all British Columbians.”