Funding to train low-skilled employees

It’s estimated that by 2019, over three-quarters of all jobs will require at least some post-secondary education. To give low-skilled employees a chance to move up and fill these jobs, B.C.’s new $3-million Targeted Skills Shortage Pilot Program will help local businesses and non-profit organizations train current staff to better meet the demands of a changing labour market.

The pilot program is designed to help low-skilled employees who lack post-secondary training toward a degree or other credentials, gain new skills to improve productivity, take on new responsibilities and advance their careers. The Targeted Skills Shortage Pilot Program targets four high-growth sectors where the demand for skilled workers over the next decade will be strong: transportation and warehousing; manufacturing; health care and social assistance; and professional, scientific and technical services.

Through the program, which will be administered by the non-profit Association of Service Providers for Employability and Career Training (ASPECT), local service providers will help businesses and non-profit organizations identify eligible employees, develop training plans and access funding for training.

For example, an employee in a production line could receive the training required to use new equipment and implement new processes that will both improve the individual’s skills and the productivity of the manufacturer. The program could also assist a data entry worker to gain the technical training they need to advance within their company and become a software tester.

For more information about the Targeted Skills Shortage Pilot Program and to access this service, click here.