New grant helps school districts connect students with their future
BC Government News
March 16, 2016
British Columbia students will get some help exploring their options for high-tech and trades training, thanks to $550,000 from the Province of B.C. to launch the Shoulder Tappers program in 22 school districts throughout the province.
The Shoulder Tappers program enlists career co-ordinators or recruitment specialists who work closely with students to help them connect with trades and technical training as well as on the-job experience. Each of the 22 school districts will receive $25,000.
Co-ordinators help mentor elementary and secondary school students and facilitate student access to technical, academic, and vocational courses in industries as diverse as aircraft engineering, heavy-duty mechanics, information technology, and early childhood education. The co-ordinators also work closely with employers, the Industry Training Authority and the CES Career Education Society to connect students with opportunities.