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General · 7th December 2009
Claire Trevena
Cuts to training money unacceptable says Trevena

Campbell River - North Island MLA Claire Trevena has said cuts to funds for skills training and retraining are both unacceptable and underhand.

Changes have been made to the amount being paid out through the Skills Development Employment Benefits programme, capping retraining money at $4000.

“This came through quietly on a Friday afternoon. Up to that, point people would have their full tuition costs for retraining paid; by the following Monday they would only get $4000,” said Trevena.

“It is a completely unfair approach: if you apply one week you get the full amount of tuition costs but the next week it’s only $4000. Tuition costs are a huge part of retraining and people aren’t in the position to make up that shortfall.

“Our best resource in BC is our people. In the North Island we know the real impact of changes in the forest industry and the hard side of the economic downturn. Now is the time we should be investing in people, not short changing them like the Campbell government is doing.”

Trevena and other official Opposition MLAs are raising their concerns with the Minister responsible.

Contact Lynne Stone: 250-287-5100 or 866-387-5100