New equipment helps Lower Mainland trades students get skilled

VANCOUVER – Three public post-secondary institutions in the Lower Mainland will receive a total of $1,103,048 to buy new trades training equipment that supports students entering in-demand occupations critical to the economy. British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) will receive $421,500 for new trades training equipment. Examples include a CNC lathe that will be used in the machinist and millwright programs, a motor grader that will be used in the heavy mechanic programs, welding equipment that will be used in … Continued

JIBC strengthens its commitment to support Aboriginal learners

JIBC signs Colleges and Institutes Canada’s Indigenous Education Protocol. On January 23, Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) signed Colleges and Institutes Canada’s (CICan) historic Indigenous Education Protocol. This aspirational document reaffirms the Institute’s commitment to Indigenous education and provides a vision of how it will strive to improve and better serve Indigenous peoples.  Read more…..  

New BCIT program provides specialized training for shipbuilding

Students across British Columbia who want to pursue a career in the shipbuilding industry can now choose a specialized skills training course for the anticipated demand in the marine and shipbuilding sectors. The Marine Fitter program at the British Columbia Institute of Technology officially launched today with the first class of students beginning training. This intensive four-level training program prepares apprentices for work associated with safe and efficient shipyard production.  Read more….

KPU’s Access Program for People with Disabilities – A success story

Metro Vancouver, B.C. – “A lot of the employers when he went for the interview would think he didn’t care about the job, but it had nothing to do with that. It’s just the way he functions.” Shawn Rill’s father says his son is very intelligent. In fact, he constantly made his high school’s honour roll. “It wasn’t that he couldn’t do the job,” he added. “It’s just nobody would give him a chance.” Shawn has autism. And while he has the skills … Continued

Federal government invests $2.1 million to benefit agriculture students at UFV

August, 7, 2014 – Chilliwack, British Columbia – Western Economic Diversification Canada Today, the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, announced funding of over $2.1 million for state of the art training equipment for the Agriculture Centre of Excellence at the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV). The investment will provide specialized equipment to train the next generation of agricultural technicians, engineers, researchers, and scientists. The training equipment will enhance existing programs and offer two new … Continued

JIBC launches new firefighting pre-employment program

Fire Fighting Technologies Certificate to replace the Career Fire Fighter Pre-Employment Certificate Future firefighters have a new program to gain the skills needed to be a sought-after fire service recruit. Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) is accepting applications for its new Fire Fighting Technologies Certificate (FFTC). The new program succeeds JIBC’s longstanding Career Fire Fighter Pre-Employment Certificate Program, which recently graduated its one-hundredth class. “The Fire Fighting Technologies Certificate is an updated career fire fighter program that was developed … Continued

More access, reduced waitlist for trades training seats at BCIT

Government is delivering on its commitment in B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint to increase access and reduce waitlists for critical trades training seats by adding 272 seats at the BC Institute of Technology (BCIT). Seats will be available to students as early as September, 2014. The seats are aligned with the top 12 Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) trades jobs that include welders, industrial electricians, ironworkers, crane operators and heavy duty equipment mechanics, and will support in-demand jobs needed in other … Continued

RBC and JIBC build first-responder capacity in rural and Aboriginal communities

Support from RBC has helped build much-needed first-responder capacity in rural and Aboriginal communities in B.C. “In many rural, remote and access-challenged communities across B.C., there is a demonstrated need for additional first responders who can provide much-needed emergency medical assistance to those who may have extended ambulance response and transport times to hospitals and clinics,” said Jodie Marshall, JIBC Health Sciences Division Program Manager.  Read more….

New JIBC degree addresses growing complexity in policing

Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) is accepting applications for its new Bachelor of Law Enforcement Studies (BLES) program that gives prospective recruits a competitive edge by providing the complex skills needed in today’s police officers. “The program is the first of its kind in Western Canada,” said Mike Trump, Dean of the School of Criminal Justice and Security at JIBC. “It was developed to provide the latest techniques and necessary skills to deal with the growing sophistication of crime and the increasing complexity of … Continued