B.C. skills plan looks to future jobs, changing economy, includes $3,500 grant 

By Dirk Meissner THE CANADIAN PRESS VICTORIA-A British Columbia government program to help students, workers and businesses meet the challenges of a changing economy includes $3,500 skills-training grants and more affordable, accessible post-secondary education. Businesses need more skilled workers, and students and employees want the cost-friendly training opportunities to bridge the skills gap required to succeed in the economy, Premier David Eby said Tuesday at a news conference. “Demand for employees with skills has never been higher and this is a very focused program informed by our engagements with, in particular, businesses but certainly in partnership with First Nations and other groups that are under represented in these jobs to make sure that we’re responsive to the needs that are out there,” he said. The $3,500 grants are for people who enrol…

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