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Blog: Wednesday, February 28th, 2018

Building “Career” Capacity

Our communities best resource is the people who live, work, play and yes go to school right here in Abbotsford. The local businesses and employers provide countless opportunities for our young high school students to volunteer and gain valuable work experience while still in high school. Students gain credits towards their graduation plan while developing soft skills outside of the classroom. These experiences often allow students the opportunity to test the waters in certain industries while at the same time allowing them to build on their resumes. The old adage “You can’t get a job without experience and you can’t get experience without a job” is a fallacy. There are currently over 740 students in Abbotsford Schools registered in work experience throughout our community during the 2017-18 school year. Our Work Experience data base currently has over 840 local businesses who currently or are willing to take on young adults looking for experience in the workplace. More often than not, we hear of students gaining part time employment after a successful work experience placement. If an Abbotsford student wants to gain a valuable experience, all they have to do is connect with their schools’ career facilitator and sign up!

For those students who have committed to one of the districts Career Programs, Abbotsford businesses want you! With our local economy booming right now we are often contacted by local contractors, builders and manufactures with requests for our CTC graduates. Students within our trades courses are often offered jobs before they are completed their level one training. Currently our welding, carpentry, electrical and heavy equipment operators are starting out at an average of $18/hr! Better yet, our local employers love our graduates. Local companies have recently donated over $2000 to help sponsor the Regional Skills Canada competition which will be held March 1st, 2018 at UFV Trades and Technology Centre. These donations help purchase material and prizes for over 100 competitors from the Upper Fraser Valley. Abbotsford’s local businesses support Abbotsford students. Quantum Properties in Abbotsford recently donated a Bosch laser level to a group of Carpentry Level 1 graduates in the school district’s Career Programs. The tool will be used in both the carpentry and heavy equipment operator programs. These are just a few of the many examples of how our business community is building capacity in the future…Abbotsford Students learning and earning in Our Community!

District Principal, Career Programs