Minister Shane Simpson meets ASTTBC on TechABILITY Initiatives

Engaging those who are under-represented in the work force was the focus of the discussion with Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction, Shane Simpson. In 2016-17, ASTTBC worked with the Ministry to complete a study of the current state of employment of people with diversabilities in the engineering and technology sectors. ASTTBC pulled a number of key employers and support agencies into the process.

The Persons with Disabilities Accessibility to Technical Occupations Report showcases initiatives to support persons with disabilities in the workforce and the employers who pave the way with strategies to “increase the success of people with disabilities in trades / technical programs or high labour market demand programs”, as outlined in the Province’s Accessibility 2024 action plan. The Minister expressed appreciation to ASTTBC for its leadership with initiatives that help people find meaningful work, especially in technical careers.

ASTTBC has submitted a follow-up project proposal to the Government and has the full support of 40 employers who are ready and willing to welcome people with varied abilities into the technical workplace. ASTTBC is committed to work towards expanding opportunities for persons with diversabilities and is thrilled that a key stakeholder, such as WorkSafe BC, has come on board.

ASTTBC has also secured TechABILITY as a domain name and is proposing a new website to support and assist employers, support agencies and potential workers.

Stay tuned as ASTTBC continues to encourage the engineering and technology sector to consider the untapped talent pool of persons with disabilities to address their skills shortages.

Pictured are Minister Shane Simpson holding an ASTTBC eagle feather carved by Salish artist Len McKay, MJ Whitemarsh, Manager of Strategic Partnerships, ASTTBC and ASTTBC CEO John Leech.