ITA continues to support trades training in Kamloops School District

Kamloops School District will receive $30,000 from the Industry Training Authority for Secondary School Apprenticeship program support

Industry Training Authority

The Kamloops School District will receive $30,000 from the Industry Training Authority (ITA) for Secondary School Apprenticeship (SSA) program support for the 2015-16 school year.

The funds will support the Kamloops School District in placing SSA students in Grades 10, 11 and 12 with local employers to attain practical experience. Students will “earn while they learn” and gain credit towards their high school diploma and the apprenticeship portion of their trades training.

“The ITA funding enables our district to fund a support co-ordinator who is instrumental in assisting our students to find and maintain job placements in trades based industries,” said Sheryl Lindquist, district principal, secondary transitions. “These positions count toward credit for high school, and more importantly help students examine future career possibilities.

“Students get a head start on choosing which field they want to pursue an education while earning money that can be used to help pay for that choice,” Kamloops-South Thompson MLA Todd Stone said. “This is a win-win opportunity.”

“Our province’s potential doesn’t lie only in natural resources, it’s also in our young people,” Kamloops-North Thompson MLA Terry Lake said. “That’s why a head start on apprenticeship training is an excellent investment in B.C.’s future.”

Last year’s SSA registration numbers were the highest they have been since the 2009 pre-recession years. In 2014-15, 1,048 students registered in SSA programs across B.C., representing an increase of more than 10 per cent over 2013-14.

“The youth play a pivotal role in sustaining BC’s future economic boom,” ITA chief executive officer Gary Herman said. “There are more skilled tradespeople retiring from the workforce than entering it, so we need to support the youth in trades training so they are ready to respond to the increasing demand in the labour market.”

ITA partners with the Ministry of Education to deliver four youth programs focused on awareness building of skilled trades careers, practical work experience and apprenticeship technical training: SKILLS EXPLORATION 10-12; ACE-IT; SSA; AND YES-2-IT.