The program is slated to be up and running in February of 2014, and will be put on by the Justice Institute of British Columbia.
In a release, Virk says, “Our Skills and Training program aims to ensure that British Columbians have the right mix of skills, in the right places, at the right time. This new $250,000 demonstrates that we’re actively addressing student demand for paramedic programs in rural B.C. and are focused on meeting the labour demands of all sectors of these essential skills.”
The program will provide training for 30 students, with two intakes of 15 students per year in rural communities in the province.
“Better trained paramedics means higher quality emergency care for patients and communities throughout British Columbia,” explains Michael MacDougall, president of B.C. Emergency Health Services. “Providing training closer to home supports our targeted recruitment efforts underway in many rural and remote areas of the province and helps many paramedics reach their goals.”
The first communities to benefit from the new program will be Prince George and Cranbrook.