“Our government is committed to providing educational pathways for people to access in-demand jobs that are key to the province’s ongoing economic recovery,” said Andrew Mercier, Parliamentary Secretary for Skills Training. “North Island College’s new foundations programs are a fantastic entry point to a long-lasting, good-paying career in the trades.”
Both programs start in February and will be offered through blended delivery, with the in-class portion online and the hands-on component at the Campbell River campus. Full COVID safety plans and protocols will be in place to ensure students are safe while on campus.
“We’re so excited to introduce these two new foundation trades programs on the North Island,” said Cheryl O’Connell, dean, NIC trades and technical programs. “The curriculum for both of these programs are certified by the Industry Training Authority and are great opportunities for students in our region to begin their apprenticeship journey.”
“I am excited about these new opportunities to keep family-supporting jobs close to home, while increasing access to the services residents rely on,” said Michele Babchuk, North Island MLA. “These programs diversify the career opportunities for people in the North Island and I am proud our government is here to support them.”
In the Motor Sport and Power Equipment Technician program students will learn to diagnose and repair small to medium sized power products like motorcycles, ATV’s, generators and inboard/outboard motors.
“We’ve heard from employers in the region that there is a big demand for skills focusing on personal and commercial power equipment,” said O’Connell.
Parts and Warehousing Person Foundation prepares students to start their trades career with valuable transferable skills including parts, warehouse operations and technology systems.
“Parts and warehousing skills are in demand in almost every industry,” she said. “It’s those core skills that help businesses function and ensure they run smoothly.”
Both programs provide students with their Level 1 apprenticeship training, along with additional theory and work hours toward their apprenticeship hours requirement.
One-time funding provided by the Province of British Columbia covers the cost of tuition, fees and books for eligible applicants applying for these programs starting in February. Contact NIC to learn more.
Applications are open now. Students are encouraged to apply early to secure their seat. Visit www.nic.bc.ca/trades.