BURNABY – An additional 144 trades training seats will give British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) students access to training in a variety of in-demand occupations vital to the prosperity of the province announced Burnaby North MLA Richard T. Lee.

BCIT will receive a funding boost of $206,800 targeted for trades seats in the automotive service technician, electrical, heavy duty equipment technician and metal fabricator programs.

“Students in Burnaby are looking to the trades for a career and these additional seats at BCIT will help them find the right fit for the job market,” said Lee. “Critical trades are especially in high demand and these specific training opportunities are just what employers are looking for.”

“Growing access to critical trades seats is one important way BCIT is supporting students and preparing skilled workers,” said BCIT president Kathy Kinloch. “This government investment will help us to continue to deliver the sort of quality, in-demand training that builds toward sustainable careers.”

Government has invested more than $2.2 million for 577 trades training seats and $2.99 million for trades training equipment at BCIT since 2014.