Local students will be among the nearly 1,400 British Columbians 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 $202,900 for the Alliance of Manufacturers & Exporters Canada to offer a Communication in the Workplace program in Richmond, Vancouver, Surrey, Burnaby, Coquitlam, North Shore, Langley, Delta, Abbotsford and Chilliwack.

This 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 benefiting British Columbians across the province thanks to the Canada–B.C. Job Fund Agreement under the Employer-Sponsored Training stream.

“Our government continues to work hard to create jobs—but it’s equally important that we train people to fill those positions,” says Teresa Wat, MLA for Richmond Centre. “Good communication skills are vital in any workplace, and this program will help students continue to develop them.”

“This program will give Richmond students the communication skills they need to succeed in the job market,” says John Yap, MLA for Richmond-Steveston. “This preparation will prove useful as students pursue the family-supporting jobs of tomorrow.”

“B.C. will see nearly one million job openings in the next decade due to retirements and economic growth—and post-secondary education or trades training will be required for nearly 8 out of 10 of these positions,” says Linda Reid, MLA for Richmond East. “Programs like these give local students the communication skills they need to succeed.”

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:

  • 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: www.esdc.gc.ca/eng/jobs/training_agreements/cjf/index.shtml