Camosun gets funding boost for trades training

$5.2 million in provincial funding will allow for 2,047 seats in various trades at Saanich college

  • Oct. 25, 2016 5:00 a.m.

The province is investing $5.2 million for skills training in high-priority trades seats at Camosun College.

The investment, through the Industry Training Authority, will fund 2,047 seats through to March 31, 2017, in various trades, including for: electricians, welders, carpenters, cooks and automotive service technicians.

“This funding allows Camosun College to deliver more than 20 different trades foundation and apprenticeship programs each year to more than 2,000 students, making Camosun one of the leading providers of trades training in our province,” said Eric Sehn, Camosun’s dean of trades and technology. “Our students learn how to become practical problem solvers and gain the latest technical skills needed for the trades of today – helping them build a sustainable future for themselves and our community.”

The funding is part of the ITA’s allocation to B.C. post-secondary institutions and training providers to run various training programs throughout the province.

“We want to ensure B.C. has the skilled workforce necessary to fill the almost one million jobs forecast in our province over the next decade,” said Greg Kyllo, parliamentary secretary for the B.C. Jobs Plan.

“That’s why we continue to work with training providers like Camosun College, so we can give British Columbians the skills they need for jobs on Vancouver Island and throughout B.C., now and in the future.”

 

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