New trades training equipment is coming to College of New Caledonia (CNC).
The funding announcement of $160,000 for trades and technology equipment comes during Apprenticeship Recognition Week in British Columbia.
“We’re opening doors to good-paying, family-supporting jobs when we support trades students in Prince George, the Central Interior of B.C. and throughout the province,” said Melanie Mark, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training, in a news release. “Investing in new equipment gives students the training they need to meet employer demand for skilled tradespeople and helps build the best B.C.”
An apprenticeship in the skilled trades is an entry point to a long-lasting, good-paying career. A key element of apprenticeship is on-the-job training as about 80 per cent is on the job, while 20 per cent is technical learning in the classroom.
The funding will be used to buy new and replace aging trades and technology equipment. Examples of trades training equipment purchased by various post-secondary institutions last year include a used hybrid car for automotive programs, various types of saws for construction trades programs and equipment for culinary programs. Technology equipment purchased last year included iPads, 3D printers and new servers, as well as wind and solar energy training equipment.
“We’ve worked closely with local and regional employers to make sure we’re equipping students with the skills they need to find success in the workplace and to meet demand for employees in growing areas like trades and technology,” said Henry Reiser, president, College of New Caledonia. “Our new heavy mechanical trades facility is one way we’re working together with government to support students, and this funding for new equipment bolsters our ability to provide the best education possible.”