The B.C. government is projecting over 1,000,000 job openings in B.C. over the next several years. Approximately 650,000 openings will be replacement jobs primarily due to retiring baby boomers. The other 450,000 openings will be new jobs as B.C.’s economy improves. The government also predicts the number of workers needed will gradually become greater than the number of workers available. (BCWorks: http://www.workbc.ca/Statistics/Labour-Market/Pages/Labour-Market-Outlook.aspx) This is great news for B.C.’s youth, who will be in increasing demand as they enter the job market!
To get students and their parents thinking about career options Edward Milne community school will be hosting a Careers Information evening November 27 from 7-9 p.m. in the theatre. The evening will begin with guest speakers from the Transportation Career Development Association (transCDA), Island Health (VIHA), Automotive Training Standards Organization (ATSO) and the Vancouver Island Construction Association (VICA).
Industry presentations will include labour market outlooks, employment forecasts for occupations will be in demand (or already are) and linking them to potential career pathway options.
Students and parents will also hear from Camosun College and school district representatives about the various career-related secondary and post-secondary education opportunities that students can start while they are still in high school. Many of the post-secondary career options are dual credit courses and programs, which means students, can earn both post-secondary credits as well as graduation credits. An added bonus is that high school students do not have to pay tuition fees for post-secondary courses.
After the presentations, guests will have the opportunity to enjoy some refreshments in the commons area prepared by the EMCS Cook Training Program students. Presenters will also have information tables set up so parents and students can stop by to ask questions or to pick up more information.
Linda Cossentine, the Career Education teacher at Edward Milne encourages parents to help students find their passion.
“Once students figure out a career direction they want to start on, we can build a pathway to transition them into post-secondary education and or the workforce.”
Ms. Cossentine adds, “Grade 10 is such an important year for students to start thinking about a career direction so they have two years to meet graduation requirements and maximize transition programming opportunities. This is a way for students to get a head start on their career aspirations!”