The B.C. government has announced a new strategy aimed at filling the expected one million jobs coming up by 2022.

Houston Chamber of Commerce manager, Maureen Czirfusz says the chamber is optimistic that the new education strategy will be good for northern residents hoping to benefit from future industry jobs.

“I believe it is hugely important for the government to be supporting skills training. With the different skills gap analysis that have happened within the regional district it shows a huge gap in having skilled workers to do the future jobs that we will require.”

The province says the BC Skills for Jobs Blueprint will re-engineer B.C.’s education and apprenticeships programs with a 10-year plan that will direct $3 billion toward high demand training.

The blueprint includes shifting education to match in demand jobs, a stronger partnership with industry and more hands on learning in schools.