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BCIT launches pilot entry skills ACE program

Jun 9, 2023 | Public | 0 comments

BCIT has launched its first pilot of the Entry Skills for Architectural, Construction, and Engineering Fields (ACE) Microcredential program with more than 18 high school students enrolled to start this summer.

ACE is a pathway program aimed to provide eligible high school students, specifically recent graduates, with introductory design and technical skills in the fields of architecture, construction, and engineering. Students will spend the summer completing the curriculum portion of the program before they are placed with industry partners through two six-month paid internships. Throughout the internships, students gain real-world experience working on the job while continuing their studies in a part-time, online model.

With B.C. expected to have over one million job openings in the next 10 years based on the latest Labour Market Outlook Report, BCIT sees the ACE microcredential as a solution in supporting the province and industries to fulfill the workforce gap. The microcredential helps remove barriers to education for the youth by requiring less financial and time commitment, and encouraging students who are unsure if a particular program/field is right for them to try a variety of career paths before committing to further academic avenues.

“BCIT is excited to be spearheading this unique ACE initiative that offers motivated high school students a deeper understanding about career opportunities in Architecture, Construction, and Engineering,” said Wayne Hand, dean, School of Construction and the Environment. “Access to paid, industry work placements provide young learners the insight, experience, and connections needed to make informed decisions about their career and education pathways, while giving industry partners the opportunity to attract young people to their vibrant sectors.”

Graduates from the certificate program will then have the ability to pursue several pathways toward architecture, construction, and engineering credentials, such as the BCIT Architectural and Building Technology Diploma program.

“The ACE program is an opportunity for high school students to learn more about careers in the architecture, construction, and engineering fields while gaining paid, industry work experience,” said Laurie Therrien, manager, corporate Training and Industry Services, BCIT. “This also allows companies in those fields to introduce more young people to these exciting careers – all of which are a tremendous win for students, industry, and education. In fact, it’s long overdue.”

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