College hosts trades session

Okanagan College Kalamalka campus hosts information session for residential construction program

Okanagan College is preparing for demand for trades professionals.

An information session for the residential construction program takes place Wednesday from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Kalamalka campus.

“We’re seeing the beginning signs of a renewed economy, which means the construction industry is going to be looking for workers,” said Randy Werger, associate dean of trades and apprenticeship.

“This is a cyclical industry making it perfect timing for extremely passionate students to get their training underway.”

The 30-week, 900-hour program begins in February. Students will develop skills through hands-on experience with a community project.

“Adding practical understanding and practice within a supervised site allows students to build confidence,” said Werger.

The program covers a vast variety of skills including how to use power tools and other equipment used by residential framing technicians and carpenters.

“This year the Vernon campus will have an opportunity to develop a new project and help the community,” said Werger.

“Job site experience sets the residential construction program aside from others.”