VIU partners with Nanwakolas Council to provide trades training for Campbell River Indigenous students

Vancouver Island University

from BC Local News:

A group of 10 Aboriginal students from the Campbell River area will soon be getting a unique educational opportunity thanks to a new partnership between Nanwakolas Council and Vancouver Island University (VIU).

The participants in the partnership will complete a five-week “Road Builder Foundation” course at VIU to give them an introduction to the skills required in the road building and forestry machinery sector. The course will provide them an overview of the industry including safe work practices, environmental requirements, introduce them to the tools and equipment used in the industry and the principles of civil engineering.

Additionally, completion of the program will satisfy the Industry Training Authority’s prerequisite for entry into their Heavy Equipment Operator Technician Apprenticeship program.

“This training being delivered in our First Nations community is a great opportunity for the Wei Wai Kum and other Nanwakolas First Nations’ members to acquire in-demand job skills to help participants gain employment in the forest sector and heavy equipment operations,” says Chief Robert Pollard of the Wei Wai Kum First Nation.

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