Seabird Island training programs get a boost

Federal and provincial partnership benefits local college programs

  • Feb. 3, 2016 4:00 p.m.

Students of two programs at Seabird College will see a funding injection into the training they are taking to boost their careers.

The B.C. government announced Monday that the college received money for a pair of project-based training (PBT) programs offered at Seabird, amounting to over $100,000.

With training expected to finish by the end of February, the camp cook training and basic security training programs are already underway and get a $94,648 and $14,226 boost respectively from provincial and federal coffers.

They are part of a total investment of more than $10.4 million in 46 training programs benefitting British Columbians across the province because of the federal and provincial partnership Job Fund Agreement under the Employer-Sponsored Training stream.

“Targeted skills training provides students with job-ready skills to access quality careers in B.C.,” Chilliwack-Hope MLA Laurie Throness said. “I really appreciate UFV Trades and Technical Centre working with Seabird to put on these high-quality programs—I’ve tasted the results, and they are great.”

Skills training programs like those at Seabird “support B.C.’s regional labour market demands and provide opportunities to youth, women, Indigenous people, immigrants and other eligible participants to receive training as well as industry recognized certificates or credentials,” according to the provincial government’s news release.