Strategic Directions

ONE OF THE MOST TOPICAL CHALLENGES facing the BC and Canadian economies is the increasing shortages of skilled workers. This includes a growing concern about shortages of technology workers – including technologists, technicians and technical specialists – in BC’s technology, resources and other goods-producing sectors. To address these challenges the Applied Science Technologists & Technicians of British Columbia (ASTTBC) has produced ‘A Strategic Direction for Technology Education and Skills in British Columbia’ to inform and influence public policy and industry initiatives.

A Strategic Direction for Technology Education and Skills in British ColumbiaASTTBC with the assistance of Hon. Pat Bell, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training, officially released this report on Tuesday, January 29th 2013, as an indicator of the Association’s commitment to collaborate with government, industry, educators and others to ensure British Columbia has what it needs to build a sustainable future.

ASTTBC is concerned about the need to take pre-emptive action on addressing a technology skills gap in partnership with educators, business and industry, associations, government and others. This document presents a strategic direction for technology education, skills and career development in BC, and is designed to support and inform the BC Jobs Plan, British Columbia’s Technology Strategy, post-secondary priorities and other major economic and human capital initiatives in our province.

To download a copy of this report, click here or on the cover above.


Slide presentation… click here to download a copy of the slides.

As shown in this report, technology occupations in and outside of the technology sector reflect a growing portion of jobs and wealth creation in British Columbia. Almost 150,000 British Columbians are employed in these occupations in BC in 2012, one-third of these being technologists and technicians. 25,000 new job openings are expected by 2020, although there are growing concerns about technology education keeping up with this growth.

Forestry, mining, natural gas, technology and transportation – five of the BC Jobs Plan’s priority sectors – will depend heavily on the talent and productivity of Technology Professionals. ASTTBC wants to position technologists, technicians and technical specialists to support the growth of these and other sectors in BC, and to ensure sufficient numbers of young people, new Canadians, Aboriginal people, women and others enter these careers.

This report provides a ten-point action plan and over forty recommendations for interested parties to consider and collaborate on. ASTTBC encourages your participation!

ASTTBC will use ‘A Strategic Direction for Technology Education and Skills in British Columbia’ as a point of discussion with its partners and with participants at its events to engage them on adding value to the strategy and on obtaining their commitment to joint action on its implementation.

To view photos from this event, click here.

ASTTBC would like to acknowledge and thank Kerry Jothen, CEO of Human Capital Strategies, for his role in helping ASTTBC to develop this report as researcher and author… much appreciated!

For additional information, please contact:

John Leech, AScT, CAE
Chief Executive Officer ASTTBC