SURREY- Joined by representatives of working people from across the lower mainland, MLA Harry Bains discussed issues affecting British Columbian workers. The event had representation from a cross section of unions.
The common theme of discussion was the failure of this government to put in place adequate skills training. This government knew that skills training would be an issue when the Economic Forecast Council identified it in 2005.
“We need trained workers in this province to meet the needs of industry and our growing economy.” said Bains. “This is the time to invest in our youth. This is an opportunity we cannot afford to wait on, we need to act now, create more spaces in post secondary education and make it a priority to fund trades training. If we don’t act now we will miss this opportunity to have our young people trained and ready for upcoming jobs in British Columbia.”
The message is loud and clear. With 80% of new jobs created in British Columbia requiring post secondary credentials, access to education and skills training has never been more important to attracting investment, growing a sustainable economy and encouraging the growth of a strong middle class. We need to make post secondary education and trades training a priority. This government has failed to do that.
“I feel it is my responsibility to reach out to organizations and listen to issues and concerns so I can do my job in Victoria more effectively.” said Bains.