BC to “re-engineer” education system with focus on skills training

April 30, 2014

British Columbia has announced a 10-year skills training plan that will reallocate funds to educational opportunities that will prepare students for work in the resource sector. The “skills to jobs” plan is meant to prepare students for an anticipated construction boom in the north, and responds to perceived concerns that the province does not have the skilled work force needed to drive development of the natural gas industry. The province’s universities have already signaled their disapproval of the measures, cautioning the province that employable skills extend beyond what is immediately visible. Premier Christy Clark, however, has said that students earning degrees that do not lead to employment is “a significant human loss” and that she intends to make sure that BC residents are prepared to take jobs created in the resource sector. Globe and Mail