March 8, 2016 by On-Site Magazine
British Columbia students will get a bit of help to give them an opportunity to connect with skills, technical and trades training opportunities, thanks to $170,000 in Skills Training Access Grants that are going to school districts across B.C.
The Ministry of Education is providing 30 public school districts each with a $5,000 grant to help them develop opportunities to support students who want to pursue skills and trades training and career development. The ministry is also providing nine independent schools with grants worth $20,000 in total.
The grants can be used for the 2015-16 school year to help pay for:
The program is expanding this year to include the Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) sector, such as coding, and to make all school districts and independent schools – not just rural districts – eligible to apply.
To date, almost 560 students have benefited from grants. School districts also reported improvements to skills training, stronger relationships with post-secondary and training providers, and strengthened relationships with employers, as students are more work-ready.
The Skills Training Access Grant supports B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint, a plan for re-engineering the province’s education and training systems – from kindergarten through to post-secondary training and beyond – to ensure students have a full range of training options and are first in line for the careers of tomorrow.