The British Columbia construction workforce requires new recruits. A new program, The Shift, aims to help identify them among more than 1,000 young people who transition out of care in the province each year and begin their training for construction work—including helping them obtain a driver’s license.
“While in care, these young people are part of a supported environment, but when they become adults, they may lose their entire support system,” says Abigail Fulton, executive director of the Construction Foundation of B.C.
“Our program aims to connect with youth before and after their transition out of care to help them develop skills and abilities that will lead to a future in the construction industry.”
The foundation, which grew out of the B.C. Construction Association, has flexed plenty of charitable muscle in recent years. Its first initiative, Project Shop Class, has already raised and distributed more than $3 million in grants, to buy up-to-date tools and equipment for school shops.
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