November 5 to 9 has been proclaimed "Technology Week" in BC by the provincial government.
The jobs-focused initiative was announced by John Yap, the Minister of Advanced Education, Innovation and Technology.
"In July, our government launched a strategy to create and support jobs in B.C.'s fast-growing technology sector," said Yap. "Initiatives like BC's Technology Week promote careers in technology by giving students a chance to explore different areas in the technology sector, check out career options and get involved in hands-on activities."
"BC's ability to compete successfully in the global economy depends on a highly skilled and educated labour force," added Pat Bell, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training. "Jobs in the technology fields continue to increase twice as quickly as any other, and technology is one of eight key sectors indentified in the BC Jobs Plan because it enables growth in all sectors."
The government says that three quarters of all future jobs in BC will need at least some post-secondary education, and technical services will be among the fastest-growing and most in-demand areas in the years to come.
To check out technology careers in BC and across Canada, visit the Techvibes Job Board.
"Technology Week represents a great opportunity to showcase the many career opportunities for technologists, technicians and technical specialists in engineering and applied science technology," said John Leech, executive director of the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of BC. "There is a real need to encourage BC's youth to take science and math in their high school years with the hope we will attract more young British Columbians into engineering technology careers."
This week is also Media Literacy Week in Canada.