Provincial Funding to Benefit BCIT Solid Wood Innovation Students

“We are investing in new post-secondary education so that students become leaders in mass timber construction.”

Provincial funding will help support mass timber innovation students studying in Burnaby, according to the province.

Burnaby-Deer Lake MP and Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Training Anne Kang announced $250,000 in funding for BCIT to build on new Associate’s Certificate in Timber Structure Construction massive.

“We are investing in new post-secondary education to train students to become leaders in mass timber construction, which will help people succeed and be ready for the future in a sector that is setting an example of how to build a better British Columbia for all,” Kang said in a press release.

“We are also investing in student housing and projects that involve hardwood at post-secondary institutions, including providing $108.8 million for BCIT’s new Tall Timber Student Housing, which is currently under construction.

The online program is part-time and spread over six months, but also includes a two-week internship at the Burnaby Post-Secondary Campus, where students gain hands-on experience with mass timber structures.

A group of 12 to 24 students will start in January 2023.

“We look to the future to guide us and our workforce,” added Burnaby North MPP Janet Routledge.

“That’s why we are focused on growing, retaining and developing local talent through our students right here in British Columbia to meet the growing demand for well-paying jobs in a rewarding and innovative field like the installation of solid wood.

The province says the mass timber sector will support more than 4,000 jobs in manufacturing, technology, forestry, design and engineering, while promoting new technologies and approaches to help existing jobs.

The government says the sector has a projected value of $403 million by 2035.

“As the largest provider of trades training in Western Canada, it is critical that BCIT provides relevant hands-on training to help learners master in-demand skills, while contributing to an agile workforce. with lasting and significant impact,” said the BCIT School of Construction. and the Dean of the Environment, Wayne Hand, explained.

“This investment from the Province of British Columbia enables more trades professionals to develop their skills to advance mass timber innovation, clean energy solutions, and economic prosperity for British Columbia.” .

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