Thursday, April 4, 2013

NWCC receives funding for training opportunities

Northwest Community College was the host for an announcement on Thursday that will see some $465,000 in funding allocated for training opportunities in the Northwest.

Premier Christy Clark was in Terrace to make the announcement and learn more about what NWCC had to offer students and employers through the Northwest and how that could translate into job opportunities throughout the region

"This funding will help provide targeted training and give students in the Northwest access to specialist expertise that will provide them with strong, marketable skills that are in demand in their own part of the province."-- Ralph Sultan, Minister of Advanced Education, Innovation and Technology.

The funding flows through the Canada- British Columbia Labour Market Development Agreement and will in part help support the Northwest Regional Workforce Table.

The Northwest regional group was one of the first to be created in the province and brings together  leaders from a wide range of regional disciplines. Those involved in the Regional group have the knowledge and expertise that helps to direct training in the region, steering local education options towards those sectors that have job opportunities.

The Regional Workforce Table has identified 34 key occupations which will be in high demand in the region through to 2020,  representing a wide range of industrial trades for the variety of industrial developments planned for the Northwest.

You can learn more about the Regional Workforce Table and those 34 occupations from this link.

The funding announcement also will support short term training related to the activities of the BC Centre of Training Excellence.

NWCC at the moment is one of the lead partners in the Mining Centre of Training Excellence, providing a central point of contact to support training in the resource sector.

With a number of mining projects in the incubation stage across the Northwest, having access to trained employees will be a key component of that resource development and the development of others in the years to come.

You can learn more about Thursday's announcement from this news release which outlines the scope of the programs available and the pivotal role that NWCC plays in the project.

April 5-- CFTK-- Clark Announces Training Investment in Terrace
April 4-- CFTK TV-- Premier Clark visit to NWCC (video)

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