Local students and employers will soon be able to benefit from a new trades training facility at College of the Rockies. The facility is being built thanks to $10 million from the federal and provincial governments, the college itself and the Trust.
“Through this partnership, students will be better able to achieve their career goals locally, while our region’s employers will have a greater opportunity to hire the skilled tradespeople they need,” said Johnny Strilaeff, Trust President and Chief Executive Officer. “We’re pleased to support this project that will help improve the Columbia Basin’s post-secondary options, develop our workforce and strengthen our economy.”
The new facility will increase capacity in the electrical, millwright and heavy-duty equipment technician programs by 43 full-time-equivalent spaces, to a total of 325 full-time-equivalent spaces. It will include a 1,800 square-metre energy-efficient building, designed to LEED Gold standards. There will also be a 3,400 square-metre yard and an engine lab for the heavy-duty equipment mechanic and technician programs and the automotive-service technician program.
The project is being funded by:
- $4.2 million from the Government of Canada
- $3.8 million from the Province of BC
- $1 million from the college
- $1 million from the Trust.
The project will create approximately 35 direct and 21 indirect jobs, and should be complete in spring 2018.
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