Students learn how millwright/heavy equipment machinery works.

Find your fit tour makes a stop in Burns Lake for hands on experience

Interactive career exploration fair provided visitors with hands-on experiences.

WorkBC’s Find Your Fit tour, an interactive fair aimed to help young people understand the necessary skills they will need for tomorrow’s in-demand occupations, made a stop in Burns Lake.

The event took place at Lakes District Secondary School on Nov. 14, 2014. Visitors had a chance to try their hand at different skills through activity stations involving welding, carpentry, accounting and heavy equipment simulators.

Youth in the community who are just beginning to think about potential careers had a chance to be connected with WorkBC’s labour market information, tools and services. The event was also a good opportunity for parents, teachers and career counsellors as they look for ways to educate and support youth in their career exploration.

The event had visits from students in the morning and was open to members of the community in the afternoon.

Nechako Lakes MLA John Rustad said in a press release, “by exploring the interactive activity stations offered through the Find Your Fit tour, youth will gain exposure to the array of future job opportunities available to them.”

According to a press release by the Ministry of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services, by 2022, B.C. is expecting one million job openings created by retirements and the growing economy. More than 78 per cent of jobs will require some form of post-secondary education, and 43 per cent will need skilled trades and technical workers.

“We’re working with school districts to make sure students have the opportunity to start career experiences earlier so they are better prepared for the skills and trades jobs of the future,” said Minister of Education Peter Fassbender in a news release.

Find Your Fit is part of B.C.’s skills for jobs blueprint commitment to re-engineer education and deliver the skilled workforce B.C.’s  growing economy needs.

“The Find Your Fit tour will ensure that our youth have the tools and resources necessary to consider the full range of in-demand occupations available to them,” said Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training in a news release.