The Vancouver Regional Construction Association (VRCA) announced a partnership with the Burnaby Board of Trade (BBOT), British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT), and Burnaby School District.

The initiative, “Bring Trades to Schools,” seeks to bridge the gap between classroom learning and real-world applications in the construction industry. Bringing trades directly into educational environments will give students invaluable hands-on experience and exposure to various trades, including Mechanical, Welding, Carpentry and Electrical, empowering them to explore potential career paths and develop essential skills for future success.

“This marks a significant milestone for the VRCA team as we inaugurate this innovative initiative. Originating from VRCA’s Education Committee, with valued contributions from our esteemed program partners, the concept has flourished. By bringing trades directly into schools, we aim to inspire and empower the next generation of skilled professionals while working to increase B.C.’s skilled workforce,” said VRCA president Jeannine Martin.

Through the “Bring Trades to Schools” program, students can engage in practical workshops and immersive experiences led by industry experts and educators.

“Skilled trades are and will continue to be in high demand, so providing students with the opportunity to explore different skilled trades through hands-on, practical experience is a win for everyone. Students connect with well-paying career options, and Burnaby gains more tradespeople to continue building and growing our local community and economy,” said Ryan Leonhard, director of Workforce Initiatives, Burnaby Board of Trade (BBOT).

“The BTS initiative will help to encourage more youth to consider a career path in construction trades. BCIT is proud to partner with VRCA, BBOT and the Burnaby School District on the Bring Trades to School (BTS) initiative. As the largest provider of trades training programs in Western Canada, BCIT is a key driver of strategic workforce development and will leverage its unique expertise and resources to support economic recovery, growth, and resilience in BC,” said Marita Luk, business development manager, BCIT School of Construction and the Environment.

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The Burnaby Board of Trade, BCIT, and the Burnaby School District share VRCA’s commitment to fostering innovation and excellence in trade education. Through collaborative efforts, the partners aim to create a supportive environment that nurtures talent, encourages creativity, and promotes lifelong learning among students.

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