Recognized as one of BC's Top Employers (2018)
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Feb 22, 2018)
Here are some of the reasons why British Columbia Institute of Technology / BCIT was selected as one of BC's Top Employers (2018):
- BCIT encourages employees to continue their education and keep their skills sharp with a variety of in-house training options, as well as full tuition subsidies for courses both related and indirectly related to their current positions
- BCIT helps employees prepare for life after work with retirement planning assistance and contributions to a defined benefit pension plan -- and employees nearing retirement can take advantage phased-in retirement work options
- BCIT employees are encouraged to keep fit with free access to a fitness facility with state-of-the-art exercise equipment, a sauna, racquetball courts, climbing wall, and a variety of instructor-led fitness classes, from yoga to kickboxing
At BCIT, both students and employees are job-ready
Connie Evans figures she needs three feet to keep on the tightrope she walks at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) every day. And she wouldn't have it any other way.
"You have one foot in your profession, another as an instructor and you have another foot up there because, with the advancement of technology, we have to stay abreast of changes in the way that we provide healthcare as well as the way we are providing education and creating learning environments for our students," says the School of Health Instructor.
"We have to stay up on it, and the environment at BCIT allows us to do that."
One of B.C.'s largest post-secondary institutions, with over 48,000 students enrolled annually, BCIT offers practical career credentials designed for the workplace, including degrees, diplomas and certificates spanning Applied and Natural Sciences, Business and Media, Computing and Information Technology, Engineering, Health Sciences and Trades. It has five main campuses with state-of-the-art facilities and satellite locations province-wide.
BCIT prides itself on being a hands-on, job-ready institute and having instructors who are at the cutting-edge of their profession prepare students to go straight from the classroom to the workplace, seamlessly.
"It's boots on the ground," says Evans. "The applied focus at BCIT allows us to be pioneers and create learning environments for our students to learn skills for jobs that aren't even there yet. It's always challenging, and I love that -- I love being able to get creative and try out new things."
The high-wire act that Evans and other instructors and staff perform is supported by a safety net of in-house training options that encourage employees to continue their education and keep their skills sharp. That includes full tuition subsidies for courses both related and indirectly related to their current positions.
Other benefits include retirement planning assistance, contributions to a defined benefit pension plan, and free access to a fitness facility with state-of-the-art exercise equipment. It's a comprehensive package that ensures both employees and students benefit.
"We're thrilled BCIT has once again been recognized as one of the best employers in British Columbia. A highly-qualified workforce is our most valued resource," says Ana Lopez, Vice President of Human Resources and People Development.
"It ensures we can continue to attract and retain the best employees, which is critical for the success of our students, who are ready to jump in and contribute on day one after graduation."