Premier announces funding to help high school students slide into tech sector jobs

Targeted funding of $250,000 was announced today by Premier Christy Clark to help students at five public post-secondary institutions in Kelowna, Victoria and Vancouver develop coding-related skills for occupations that are in demand by the tech sector.

“British Columbia is home to a growing tech sector that generates about $23 billion in annual revenue and employs around 84,000 people,” said Premier Clark, who made the announcement at Hyper Hippo Games in Kelowna. “Aligning coding skills needed by local tech businesses with post-secondary courses will keep this sector growing, and create more career paths for students who want to stay in B.C.”

Coding is what makes it possible for people to create computer software, apps and websites.

Five public post-secondary institutions will each receive targeted one-time funding of $50,000 to pilot short-term coding training tailored to meet local industry needs and job openings. The five institutions are: British Columbia Institute of Technology, Okanagan College, Simon Fraser University, the University of British Columbia and the University of Victoria.

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