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

Construction workers in Comox, B.C. on April 23, 2013.

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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.

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

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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

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  • 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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