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$60,000 Supports Workers Training In Fort St. James

by NationTalk on September 7, 2009366 Views

For Immediate Release
September 4, 2009

Ministry of Community and Rural Development

VICTORIA – A $60,000 investment from the Community Development Trust’s Tuition Assistance Program will open up new opportunities for training at the College of New Caledonia (CNC) Fort St. James campus, announced John Rustad, Nechako Lakes MLA, on behalf of Bill Bennett, Minister of Community and Rural Development.“This partnership will open up spaces for more than a dozen displaced forest workers to receive certification in building maintenance,” said Rustad. “The community has identified the need for this training and there is full-time employment potential at the end of the training for successful participants looking to stay in their home town.”

Residential building maintenance workers maintain and repair residential buildings, including single-family and multi-family homes, apartments and high rises. They require knowledge in carpentry, dry wall, electrical, floor laying, painting, plumbing, refrigeration mechanics, as well as roofing repairs, maintenance, installation, testing and trouble-shooting, as required by regulations.

The Residential Building Maintenance Worker program will provide students with both technical and practical training. Successful students will be eligible for the Industry Training Authority Certificate of Qualification in the program and a Certificate of Apprenticeship.

“The majority of students in this program have a forestry background,” said Pat Bell, Minister of Forests and Range. “And it also supports First Nations forestry workers who will be able to take their skills back to their communities to share information on residential maintenance and help improve the existing housing.”

“Part of CNC’s mission is to provide access to services close to home,” said John Bowman, CNC president. “One of the most important functions the college serves is enabling people to learn new employment skills within their communities.”

Established in May 2008, the Tuition Assistance Program is one of three programs to help forest workers through the Community Development Trust. Through the program, a total of $17.25 million was set aside ($5.75 million per year over three years) to help forest workers upgrade their skills and education. Since 2008, the program has helped more than 2,600 workers, with access to up to $5,000 each in tuition assistance.

The $129-million Community Development Trust, first announced in 2008, also includes the $85.5-million Transitional Assistance for Older Workers program to help older forest workers transition to retirement and the $86.25-million Job Opportunities Program to provide short term employment.

For more information about the Community Development Trust and the Tuition Assistance Program, go to: www.cd.gov.bc.ca/cdt/

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Media Contact:

Leanne Ritchie
Ministry of Community and Rural Development
250 387-4089

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