QUESNEL:  The College of New Caledonia (CNC) has received $150,000 from the Province under B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint to provide job skills training and retraining opportunities for workers affected by the closure of the Canfor sawmill in Quesnel.

“Training programs at the College of New Caledonia will help those affected by the mill closure hone their current skills, build on their experience, and develop new skills,” said Cariboo North MLA Coralee Oakes on behalf of Advanced Education Minister Amrik Virk. “We are working across ministries and with community partners to support workers and their families as they make the transition to new jobs and opportunities.”

“Our Community Adjustment Team and WorkBC staff was on the ground in Quesnel immediately to help coordinate employment information sessions and offer support for career counselling and re-training,” said Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour Shirley Bond. “This funding is one more way to make sure workers get back on their feet. The training through the college means they will be ready to take advantage of new employment opportunities.”

Projections show a million job openings in British Columbia by 2022 with about 43% requiring skills and trades training. Under B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint: Re-engineering Education and Training, the Province is working to better match skills training to jobs.