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Posted: December 16, 2016

Shoulder Tappers funds for Southeast Kootenay

Students in the Southeast Kootenay School District (School District No. 5) are connecting with skills and technology training development thanks to a $17,500 grant to the district from the province’s Shoulder Tappers Program.

Kootenay East MLA Bill Bennett announced this today on behalf of Education Minister Mike Bernier. Students are receiving the supports, skills, and experiences they need for the jobs of tomorrow from the help of shoulder tappers – career coordinators and recruitment specialists.

These mentors are connecting students with innovative workshops and on-the-job opportunities in skilled-trades and technology careers, encouraging them with positive input and advice, and cultivating their passions.

“Preparation is key to any endeavour; the Shoulder Tappers Program offers skills and knowledge that will help our students prepare to succeed in tomorrow’s workforce,” Bennett said.

The Shoulder Tappers Program supports B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint, which is re-engineering the province’s education and apprenticeship system so training dollars and programs are targeted to in-demand jobs. It also supports the #BCTECH Strategy – a key component of the BC Jobs Plan to support the growth of B.C.’s technology sector and strengthen British Columbia’s innovation economy.


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