The Nicola Valley Institute of Technology (NVIT) is getting an influx of cash from the province to the tune of $138,720. The money will go towards 20 electrical and 16 plumbing foundations courses, which serve as introductions to the trades.

These seats will be offered in partnership with Okanagan College, as NVIT is not yet an Industry Training Authority designated training provider.

The funding is part of a $6.1 million initiative to fund 1,429 more trade seats this year in 14 post-secondary institutions throughout the province.

Foundations courses are programs that show students the basics of the particular occupation they’re interested in, in this case electricial and plumber.

The province is also providing $50,000 worth of funding to the institution to develop training and resources targeting students with disabilities, it announced in another press release.

“As B.C.’s economy grows, it is important that we train young people in our region to fill new job openings,” read a statement from Fraser-Nicola MLA Jackie Tegart in the release. “Funding like this will ensure that people with disabilities in Fraser-Nicola will have equal opportunities to find work and build careers in the trades.”

“B.C. expects one million job openings by 2022,” read the first press release. “More than 78 per cent of jobs will require some form of post-secondary education, and 44 per cent of jobs will be in skilled trades and technical occupations.”