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Helping post-secondary students thrive and succeed

by aanationtalk on September 7, 2017182 Views

For Immediate Release
Sept. 6, 2017

VICTORIA – Thousands of students are preparing to start their post-secondary studies or training this week.

Whether working toward earning a certificate, diploma or degree, or learning a skilled trade, post-secondary education and training offers British Columbians the chance to pursue their dreams and find success in a strong, sustainable and innovation economy.

How many students?

  • Over 428,000 students are expected to enrol at one of 25 public post-secondary institutions
  • 52% female, 48% male, 6% Indigenous, 11% international
  • 50% of post-secondary students are younger than 25 years old
  • Out of a total of nearly 37,000 registered apprentices, 10% are women, 6% are Indigenous

What to study?

  • Top five programs: arts and science, business and management, engineering and applied science, human and social services and trades
  • Top five trades: electrician, carpenter, plumber, cook and auto service technician
  • Top 10 health occupations: registered nurse – specialist, physiotherapist, registered nurse – general, nurse practitioner, occupational therapist, sonographer, medical laboratory technician, licensed practical nurse, respiratory therapist and care aide
  • More than 62,100 credentials were awarded in 2015-16: graduate (11%), first professional and post-degree (4%), bachelors (39%), certificate and diploma (43%) and development (3%)

Where to study?

  • Twenty-five public institutions
    • Three public institutes
    • Eleven public universities
    • Eleven public colleges
  • Nineteen private and out-of-province public degree-granting institutions
  • Over 300 private career training institutions including private language schools
  • Fourteen seminaries and theological institutions
  • Approximately 40 Aboriginal-controlled institutes

What do employment prospects look like?

  • 934,000 job openings are expected by 2025: two-thirds of these jobs are due to retirements and about one-third are new jobs as a result of economic expansion
  • About eight out of 10 jobs will require some post-secondary education or training:
    • 42% will likely be in occupations requiring diploma, certificate or apprenticeship training, while 36% will be in occupations that require a bachelor’s, graduate or first professional degree and/or significant work experience
  • Mainland/Southwest (64%) and Vancouver Island/Coast (16%) have the largest number of job openings in B.C.

Learn More:

  • EducationPlannerBC provides students with planning tools, program profiles, links to student financial aid information, labour market demand information and the ability to apply to a B.C. post-secondary institution:
  • StudentAidBC is a comprehensive website where students can learn more about what grants and loans are available to them, apply for financial aid and check their application status:
  • The Industry Training Authority offers supports for future apprentices who are considering a career in the trades as well as current apprentices who are moving into the next stage of their training:
  • The Trades Training Seat Finder allows students to see where trades seats are available throughout the province:
  • is a rich source of engaging career and education resources, information and planning tools for students, as well as a job board that connects job seekers with employers:
  • WorkBC Parent’s Guide helps parents guide their teen down the best career path:
  • Student Outcomes Dashboard includes demographics, labour market information and student assessment of education by institution and program type:


Rodney Porter
Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training
250 952-6508


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