Apprentice funds granted

The North Okanagan-Shuswap School District will receive $30,000 from the Industry Training Authority

The North Okanagan-Shuswap School District will receive $30,000 from the Industry Training Authority for secondary school apprenticeship.

The funds will support the district in placing students in Grades 10, 11 and 12 with local employers to attain practical experience. Students will gain credit towards their high school diploma and the apprenticeship portion of their trades training.

“The funds that we receive from the ITA are directly used to support existing youth apprentices in their journey to complete Red Seal trade certification and to engage students, employers and parents in navigating and sharing the benefits of youth apprenticeships,” said Mark Marino, district career supervisor.

“The funds provide school staff with valuable time to build connections and liaise with members of their communities.”

ITA officials say students play a pivotal role in sustaining B.C.’s economy.

“There are more skilled tradespeople retiring from the workforce than entering it, so we need to support the youth in trades training so they are ready to respond to the increasing demand in the labour market,” said Gary Herman, chief executive officer.