The B.C. government is expanding work-integrated learning opportunities at public post-secondary schools, including the College of the Rockies.
Provincial officials said the $4.5 million investment will be doled out over three years.
It will be used to benefit co-ops, internships, practicums and community-service-learning models.
“Work-integrated learning helps future workers access the hands-on experience they need to launch their careers,” said Selina Robinson, Minister of Post-Secondary Education and Future Skills. “These placements give people valuable opportunities to apply what they learn in the classroom to real-world settings and benefit employers by having workers who they train and can become potential new employees.”
The expanded program aims to prepare workers for in-demand jobs across B.C., focusing on rural communities outside of the Lower Mainland.
Work-integrated provides students with a hands-on learning experience, which brings education studies into a workplace.
Funding comes from the StrongerBC: Future Ready Action Plan.
“On-the-job training is invaluable for today’s students,” said Andrew Mercier, Minister of State for Workforce Development. “Work-integrated learning equips people with the practical skills, knowledge and adaptability needed to thrive in today’s dynamic workforce.”
The funding will benefit work-integrated learning programs at the following post-secondary institutions:
- Capilano University
- Coast Mountain College
- College of New Caledonia
- College of the Rockies
- Emily Carr University of Art and Design
- Justice Institute of British Columbia
- Nicola Valley Institute of Technology
- North Island College
- Northern Lights College
- Royal Roads University
- Selkirk College
- University of Northern British Columbia
- Vancouver Community College