VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – As of this summer, public projects built in the province worth over $15-million will have to hire apprentices.
The BC Federation of Labour has been calling on the provincial government to put something like this in place for years according to President Irene Lanzinger.
They were hoping for a 25 per cent quota commitment for apprentices but call this a good first step. “We would be happier if they had some actual required number or percentage of apprentices, but they say they are going to require apprentices. They are going to collect the data over a year and we are hoping that the next step will be to have an actual required amount.”
Lanzinger calls the announcement a huge opportunity to support trades training while building the province. “These are good jobs traditionally; well-paid they help build BC. Training the next generation of workers, particularly if we are going to have big project like Site C and LNG projects. We need to use those projects to train British’s Columbians to do those jobs”
She adds the federation will continue advocating to ensure the soft goals announced by government actually turn into reality.
The policy applies to anything contracted after July 1st.