The province continues to roll out new funding in anticipation of a critical shortage of skilled labourers in the coming years.
On Wednesday, B.C. advance education minister Amy Virk announced $381,000 in provincial monies to accommodate 85 seats in a variety of Thompson Rivers University foundation programs.
"With the large increase in applications to our trades programs, the ministry's commitment towards trades training is very much appreciated," said Alan Shaver, TRU president.
Foundation training programs provide students with the basic, entry level skills for a particular occupation.
Students also receive credit for the first-level apprenticeship training in a specific field by the Industry Training Authority once they have successfully completed the foundation program.
The funding will support student spaces in the professional cook program at the Kamloops and Williams Lake Campuses, as well as the parts-person program, trowel trades and mason program in Kamloops.