BC Research Universities Look Forward to Continued Work on Preparing British Columbians for Today's Economy

BC Research Universities Look Forward to Continued Work on Preparing British Columbians for Today's Economy

Vancouver – BC Research Universities are preparing young British Columbians for the challenges of a competitive labour market, Research Universities' Council Chair Stephen Toope said today.

Toope was responding to the provincial government’s announcement of BC's Skills For Jobs Blueprint.

“BC’s universities share the Province’s goal to give our young people the skills they need to succeed through a range of options, including university, colleges, trades and technical programs,” said Toope.  “We look forward to continuing our work with government and employers to help young people put their university degrees to work.”

Toope said that the evidence shows university graduates are succeeding in today's economy.  University graduates have higher employment rates, higher salaries, and are overwhelmingly working in fields that match their education.

“With experts warning of a growing skills gap, BC's universities are providing young British Columbians with skills that are valued by employers in today’s economy – a combination of practical, critical-thinking and analytical tools that give young people a tremendous advantage in a fast-changing job market,” said Toope.

Toope said that university programs are always changing to respond to student and parent demands.  He said that BC universities are graduating more students in engineering, science and health programs than ever before.

“Put it all together, and university continues to be an excellent choice for young people.  That’s why students and parents are choosing to apply to university in record numbers.”