College expands training spaces

As part of B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint, Okanagan College  will be adding 203 training spaces to increase access and reduce  waitlists for trades needed in the liquefied natural gas sector and other industries.

Okanagan College will receive $928,000 to support the seats that will be  available to students as early as September 2014.

“Creating additional capacity that will meet employer and student demand is welcome news,” said Jim Hamilton, OC president.

“Okanagan College is pleased to help the province anticipate and respond to the pressures of the skills shortage.”

The additional 203 seats include:

18 steam / pipefitter foundation seats.

49 welder foundation seats.

30 heavy equipment operator foundation seats.

86 electrical foundation seats.

20 heavy-duty equipment mechanic foundation seats.

“The B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint committed to delivering a trained  workforce that will be ready for jobs in a range of industries including  LNG,” said Norm Letnick, Lake Country MLA.

“These additional 203 local seats will create opportunities for well- paying jobs that strengthen our families and communities.”


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