Investment in technology training is resulting in opportunities in B.C.

Creative Industries Council rides boom in tech career opportunities in British Columbia

CRCIC is working to develop a creative and knowledge based economy for the city and the region.

“British Columbia has a ready source of great jobs and careers in technology. Our education programs need to keep up with that demand.”

 

John Leech, Executive Director of the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of BC (ASTTBC), explains that, “Every system we rely on – water, roads and transportation, telecommunications and Internet, hydro and natural gas, environment, health, forestry, and many more – utilizes engineering and applied science technology professionals working in the background. BC’s telecom and IT, animation and many other sectors produce new careers every month.”

Here in Campbell River the Creative Industries Council (CRCIC) is working to develop a creative and knowledge based economy for the city and the region.

In fact, it has just spent two “very productive” days in one on one meetings with the eight Trade and Investment Representatives from India, USA, Europe, South Korea, Japan, North China, South China and East China during which it identified some very valuable new opportunities for the creative economy in Campbell River.  Campbell River is a natural home for companies looking for a highly accessible location, abundant natural resources, first-class transportation and communications networks. Add a skilled labour force and a talented pool of experienced managers and it’s clear this is one of the most advantageous high tech environments in the Pacific Northwest.

ASTTBC has more than 10,000 members currently working in thousands of careers available to graduates of two-year diploma programs available at the British Columbia Institute of Technology and other B.C. colleges and institutes.

“Our members enjoy rewarding, well-paid and often recession-proof careers in public service and the private sector alike,” Leech states. “For huge numbers of young men and women, technology is the answer. In B.C. and across Canada, technology permeates every workplace and job. We need to get capable students involved and engaged in applied sciences and head off workforce shortages by building a B.C. ‘Science and Technology Culture’.”

Leech calls on government for renewed efforts to build student skills and confidence in math and science programming.

“We especially need to interest young students in science and how things work,” Leech says. “Young students use technology every day – smart phones, iPads and computers. They play video games, even build robots.”

Leech lauds the recent “Year of Science” program that encouraged students toward so-called “STEM” subjects – science, technology, engineering and math. Citing the recent $6 million B.C. campaign to encourage careers in trades, Leech urges a similar effort to build awareness of engineering technology education and careers.

BC Technology Industries Association employers like Telus and BC Hydro and many smaller technology-rich companies say the single most important position they now struggle to fill is Specialty Technician/Technologist. Even the Canadian Council of Chief Executives expressed concern that only 37 per cent of 16- to 18-year-olds were interested in taking even one post-secondary course in sciences, according to a recent Angus Reid survey.

Leech says the opportunities for those seeking work in the technology field are considerable given a wave of retirements of present-generation B.C. technology professionals that is already underway.

“Half of our membership is now middle-aged at 45-plus, and 22 per cent are over age 55!” he says. “Every region of B.C. shows growing demand,” Leech concludes. “Young people are willing to travel so they can earn the necessary tech qualifications.”

It would appear their investment is a smart move, as it will result in a broad range of career opportunities. Industries in all regions of B.C. support programs for local trainees to fill engineering and applied science technologist, technician and technical specialist positions.

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