Camosun meeting BC's demand for skilled labour
Release Date: February 12, 2015
Camosun College is meeting the needs and challenges identified in the Conference Board of Canada's recently released Skills for Success: Developing Skills for a Prosperous BC report through its diverse programming in high-demand areas as trades, applied sciences and technologies, business and management.
"Camosun is focused on providing relevant, applied programming to help meet our province's current and future demand for a highly skilled and educated labour force," says Interim President Peter Lockie.
"By 2020, the province is expected to have over one million new job openings," adds Lockie. "Forty-four per cent of those occupations will require college or trade certification and a further 34% will require a degree. With over 160 career, technical and academic educational programs, Camosun is positioned well to deliver highly trained new workers for BC's current and emerging employment needs."
Commissioned by BC Colleges and the BC Association of Institutes and Universities, the Conference Board of Canada's new Skills for Success: Developing Skills for a Prosperous BC report surveyed 854 BC employers – covering more than 130,000 employees or nine per cent of the total provincial employment – to determine what skills, occupations, and post-secondary credentials are required by a large number of BC employers now and in the near future.
The report indicates the top four industry areas requiring more qualified graduates include: business, sales, trades, and the natural and applied sciences. The report also outlines the impact of the skills gap on BC and how colleges, institutes, and universities are collaborating with business and industry to ensure a prosperous BC.
About Camosun College
From welders to nurses, carpenters to accountants, and engineering technologists, Camosun College helps transform lives to build a better community; a better future. Situated in Victoria, British Columbia, Camosun's two beautiful campuses serve 18,000 students in 160 different certificate, diploma, bachelor's degree and continuing education programs.
Camosun's emphasis on teaching excellence and applied programming is second to none. Labs, internships, or on-the-job co-op education - over 75 per cent of all programs include a hands-on, practical component. Through experiential learning, Camosun students observe real world ways of how to approach problems, think critically and respond to the fast-paced demands of the dynamic work place and the world around them.
About BC Colleges
BC Colleges represents BC's 11 public community colleges: Camosun College, College of New Caledonia, College of the Rockies, Douglas College, Langara College, North Island College, Northern Lights College, Northwest Community College, Okanagan College, Selkirk College, and Vancouver Community College.
Last updated: September 23, 2015 5:13 pm