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B.C. government helping Prince George trades apprentices be ‘industry ready’

Two new advisors appointed to College of New Caledonia for guidance, job connections

There will be 18,000 job openings in the next decade for northern B.C. trades.

That’s according to the province’s Advanced Education Minister Melanie Mark, announcing Prince George as one of five regions in a new initiative that will see 20 people assume advisor roles for industry apprentices at post-secondary schools.

The Industry Training Authority (ITA) claims this outreach program will help students continue to build on the education they’ve received, plus gain attraction from employers to be fully ‘industry ready.’

The College of New Caledonia (CNC) is going to be welcoming Dave Coleman and Kristen Emel from the ITA in September as its regional advisors and will help guide apprentices as they work towards a job upon graduation from their respective studies.

“We have a strong relationship with ITA, and we’re looking forward to working with the new Apprenticeship Advisors," said CNC Associate Dean of Trades Doug Jamieson in a release. “Together, we’ll continue our work to elevate trades education in the region by increasing awareness of the skilled trades, improving access through innovative program delivery, and guiding students during their apprenticeship journey.” 

Coleman has nearly 25 years of experience with B.C.’s apprenticeship system, has worked with many trades to help them meet the updated program standards, and has also been involved with Indigenous groups, high school students, and marginalized groups to improve their access to trades education.

Emel has focused on community development and relationship building for non-profits throughout the north, including the YMCA and the Special Olympics, specialing in initiating new programs aimed at enhancing rural communities.


Kyle  Balzer

About the Author: Kyle Balzer

Kyle Balzer graduated with distinction from BCIT's Broadcast & Online Journalism program in 2016. Since moving to Prince George, he has covered a variety of stories from education & Indigenous relations, to community interests & sports.
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