Northern Lights College Receives Training Funding

May 30, 2016

NORTHERN BC – Northern Lights College (NLC) will receive $150,000 to support training for workers affected by the temporary decreased production at the Chetwynd Mechanical Pulp Mill.

The funding is also expected to provide additional training opportunities for students in other communities in the Northeast that may be experiencing an economic downturn.

A Community Adjustment Team, whose purpose is to coordinate and integrate local support services, is working with NLC to determine what training will be most effective and to create programming that will best support future job opportunities for the affected workers. While the team members vary, depending on the situation of each community, they typically include local and provincial service providers and organizations with leadership from the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training.

The funding aligns with B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint and supports communities in the region affected by the economic downturn, providing workers with the opportunity to retrain and upgrade their skills.

B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint was launched two years ago to align funding and programs with in-demand occupations. B.C. expects almost one million job openings by 2024 and eight out of 10 of these openings will require post-secondary education or training.

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