Skills Training and Education

Investment into the new curriculum ensures that students build the skills they need for in-demand careers.

In addition to the basics of reading, writing and arithmetic, the new curriculum highlights collaboration, communication and critical thinking skills. Training for teachers, including computers and coding, ensures students have hands-on opportunities to develop skills needed to succeed after high school.

The new Applied Design, Skills, and Technologies curriculum is an experiential, hands-on program of learning through design and creation. The Career Education curriculum involves students in research, problem-solving, and decision-making relevant to career planning, enabling them to become successful, well-informed citizens and lifelong learners.

Beyond the education of our youth, B.C. is committed to helping British Columbians develop the skills they need to enter the workforce.

The Canada-B.C. Job Fund supports an increased participation of British Columbians in the labour force by helping them develop the skills they need to find and keep a job, in particular in Priority Sectors such as the technology sector. Further targeted supports will be available to assist individuals and companies in regions with higher or increasing unemployment rates. More actions to support technology skills training will be announced at the upcoming #BCTECH Summit in March 2017.

Work BC is continuing to align training and education with in-demand jobs, ensuring that British Columbians have a seamless plan to access the job market. Recognizing the importance of students integrating paid and relevant work experience into their program of study, Work BC is a partner with the Association for Co-operative Education.

Along with teaching and curriculum improvements, the Province is investing in capital improvements and learning supports to children and youth:

  • $1.7 billion over three years to replace aging facilities, build more student spaces in growing communities and improve school seismic safety.
  • $52 million to school districts via CommunityLINK, for vulnerable children and youth, including meal programs, inner city and community school programs and schoolbased counselling.
  • $6 million to train teachers on coding and new curriculum and to purchase new computers.

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