Students and tech sector to benefit from tech-programming expansion
January 16th 2018 at 10:49 AM
Students and tech sector to benefit from tech-programming expansion

BC Government News Release | Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training
January 16, 2018

Students and the tech sector will benefit from thousands of additional tech-related spaces at public post-secondary institutions throughout British Columbia, announced Melanie Mark, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training.

The tech sector in B.C., with more than 10,200 businesses, is one of the fastest-growing sectors of the provincial economy, generating $29 billion in revenue and employing over 106,000 people. The demand for skilled tech workers presents immense opportunities for British Columbia.

“We’re helping students in British Columbia by improving access to education with thousands more tech spaces that include degree, diploma and certificate programs,” said Mark. “Our vibrant tech sector supports good-paying jobs, like computer programmers, engineers and information system analysts. We are investing millions of dollars in the future creators of an innovative, strong and sustainable 21st-century economy.”

In total, British Columbia will add about 2,900 tech-related spaces that are expected to result in 1,000 additional grads per year by 2023. Total provincial start-up funding this year is $4.4 million and is expected to increase to $42 million.

“The number 1 concern for B.C.’s tech sector is access to skilled talent. By creating 2,900 new student spaces, your government is working to expand B.C.’s homegrown talent pool to support the sector’s continued growth,” said Bruce Ralston, Minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology. “An increase in skilled tech workers will also boost B.C.’s diverse manufacturing sector, helping to create more jobs and increase exports that drive our economy.”