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Bunkhouse Build program now taking applications

Kopar Administration is starting to take applications for its new round of the Bunkhouse Build program. This free program is funded by the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia and is designed to help unemployed individuals obtain the skills necessary to secure employment in the construction field.

This program offers participants a hands-on experience to learn and expand construction skills in a controlled environment, while building bunkhouses that will be used by Scouts Canada at local Scout campsites.

“The Bunkhouse Build project creates opportunities for people to receive on-the-job training in many in-demand construction sub-trades in a safe and supportive environment,” said Nicholas Simons, Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction, in a news release. “Through this type of skills training, graduates will be well-placed to find good jobs and build their careers in the construction industry on work sites around the province. I congratulate all participants and wish them the best of luck.”

The program is open to anyone who wants to gain skills and experience in the construction trades and is on EI or has had a claim in the last five years or earned more than $2,000 in insurable earnings and paid employee EI premiums on those earnings in at least five of the last 10 years. Anyone who is a British Columbia Employment and Assistance Client with a Persons With Disabilities (BCEA PWD) designation may also be eligible to apply.

Participants in the program will receive certificates in WHMIS, First Aid, Fall Arrest and the Construction Association of BC’s Construction safety training program – Site Ready BC. Participants will gain valuable skills in framing and roofing, installing insulation, siding and windows and electrical and plumbing mechanical systems. In addition, all personal protective equipment will be provided, as well as essential tools to equip participants for success on the project. The program is 12 weeks long and will consist of building two bunkhouses from the floor up, including finishings, in each session. To ensure social distancing is maintained, each session will be limited to a maximum of 12 participants (six per bunkhouse). Construction will take place in the comfort of our indoor build shop, and as such weather will not play a factor in the construction of the bunkhouses.

Individuals who are interested in taking part in the program should contact Kopar Administration in Prince George at (250) 596-2517 to arrange an interview or contact your local WorkBC Centre at: https://www.workbc.ca/Employment-Services/WorkBC-Centres/WorkBC-Centres-Listing.aspx

Kopar Administration was founded in 1997 and has been delivering employment and employment-related training throughout the B.C. Interior and parts of Alberta. Kopar is headquartered in Prince George, B.C. and currently has offices in Prince George (B.C.), Smithers (B.C.), Edson (AB) and Hinton (AB).

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