VICTORIA— A decade after dismantling the skills training and apprenticeship system the B.C. Liberals have admitted their changes were a failure, and are now trying to rework the system without properly funding it, say the New Democrats.
“It’s been a decade since the B.C. Liberals dismantled our apprenticeship and trades system, and we need real investments in skills training to make up for years of lost opportunities. Instead, the B.C. Liberals are turning the ministry of Advanced Education into the ministry of reallocation,” said New Democrat Leader Adrian Dix.
Dix noted that the B.C. Liberals refusal to upgrade shops in high schools and bring back safer class size limits for classes utilizing power tools and other dangerous equipment is a perfect example of how they aren’t being serious about trades training.
Skills training critic Doug Routley noted that a decade after firing apprenticeship advisors, the B.C. Liberals are finally hiring them back.
“We have been calling for improvements like bringing back apprenticeship advisors and ensuring public infrastructure projects are used as opportunities to train up apprentices for years,” said Routley. “While the government has made a vague commitment towards some of those measures, they have no details on how they will accomplish them without putting an additional nickel towards our skills training system.”