February 15, 2023
Ottawa provides $9.3M in funding to BCIT aviation program
British Columbia Institute of Technology is receiving more than $14.5 million in funding to support aerospace and life sciences training through the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada (PacifiCan), which is overseen by Harjit Sajjan, Minister of International Development and Minister for the Government of Canada.
To address the aviation industry’s need for skilled workers, British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) is receiving more than $9.3 million in funding, specifically from the Aerospace Regional Recovery Initiative, to launch a new hands-on training program for gas turbine maintenance, repair and overhaul. This investment is expected to create 160 new jobs, according to the government, and generate an additional $360 million in revenue in British Columbia by 2027.
“The Enhanced Aircraft Gas Turbine Technician program is a great example of how BCIT’s agile approach to workforce development, combined with input from industry leaders, can provide a springboard to new approaches for post-secondary education and provide Canadians with access to meaningful and rewarding careers,” said Paul McCullough, Interim President, BCIT.