Thursday, December 3rd was the Vancouver Island Education and Career Fair. There were a variety of representatives from schools and training institutes in BC, Alberta, USA and even Switzerland, as well as people from theÂ Department of National Defense, Corrections and the Victoria Police Department. It was a great opportunity to learn more about the multitude of training that is available. Some interesting labour market tidbits from the fair:
-China has recently approved Canada as a vacation destination. This could mean an increase of millions of dollars a year in tourism. It could also mean opportunities for those people that have training in tourism fields and/or have a working knowledge of Mandarin or Cantonese.
-The Roofing Contractors Association of BC (RCABC)Â offers free apprenticeship training to students if they have a connection to an employer and have registered as an apprentice. The RCABC has a list ofÂ employers that members of the Association and are open to providing you withÂ the employerÂ contact information soÂ you can approach them to discuss employment and apprenticeship opportunities. In January they will be also offering a month long entry-levelÂ roofing courseÂ in Langley freeÂ to women. To find out more about this program contact Carolynn Jones at the Elizabeth Fry Society of Greater VancouverÂ at 1-888-879-9593.
-Interested in working in the resource sector as an apprentice? The Resource Training Organization (RTO) was established in 2007 to oversee the management and development of apprenticeship training for the resource sector in BC. RTO represents a cross sectoral group of employers in the mining and smelting, oil and gas, pulp and paper, solid wood, and heavy shipbuilding and repair sectors.
-With environmental sustainability being a major concern in our world today, localÂ food productionÂ and agrotourism are growing industries (BC Stats reports in November there was a 20% employment growth in Agriculture). The University of Fraser Valley is one instution that offers various courses in Agriculture Sciences and Technology.
If you missed the fair visit theÂ Resource Room at the Career Centre toÂ browse the most recent cataloguesÂ from the schools that were present. As well feel free to make an appointment to speak with an Employment Consultant about your career goals and education plan.