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Construction workers in Comox, B.C. on April 23, 2013. (John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail)
Construction workers in Comox, B.C. on April 23, 2013. (John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail)

Estimates for 2018 show need for about 175,000 trades workers in B.C. Add to ...

The B.C. government is re-engineering its education system in a bid to produce more workers for the most in-demand occupations, largely in the resource sector.

The changes are largely driven by the expectation that the province can establish a new liquefied natural gas industry, but even with the changes announced on Tuesday, the province will still not be able to train enough workers to fill all the anticipated gaps.

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According to the government’s estimates, here are the top 10 occupations in 2018 related to LNG:

Construction trades – helpers and labourers

  • Status quo: 27,750
  • With education changes, an additional: 11,250
  • Expected demand: 39,000

Steamfitters and pipefitters

  • Status quo: 3,100
  • With education changes, an additional: 3,000
  • Expected demand: 6,800

Welders

  • Status quo: 11,900
  • With education changes, an additional: 1,900
  • Expected demand: 14,000

Concrete finishers

  • Status quo: 2,200
  • With education changes, an additional: 1,150
  • Expected demand: 3,650

Transport truck drivers

  • Status quo: 41,750
  • With education changes, an additional: 2,200
  • Expected demand: 44,450

Carpenters

  • Status quo: 36,750
  • With education changes, an additional: 2,250
  • Expected demand: 39,500

Heavy equipment operators

  • Status quo: 14,200
  • With education changes, an additional: 1,550
  • Expected demand: 16,050

Gas fitters

  • Status quo: 1,650
  • With education changes, an additional: 875
  • Expected demand: 2,750

Purchasing agents and officers

  • Status quo: 5,550
  • With education changes, an additional: 875
  • Expected demand: 6,525

Crane operators

  • Status quo: 2,700
  • With education changes, an additional: 700
  • Expected demand: 3,450

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