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Trades equipment helps Okanagan College students get job-ready

February 05, 2015 - 2:22 PM

KELOWNA - Okanagan College will receive $171,428 to purchase new trades training equipment to support students entering in-demand occupations critical to the economy.

Examples of new equipment include a scissor lift, a pavement breaker, two electric jack hammers, and electric masonry table saws for construction craft students as well as an engine lift for heavy mechanic students.

Government made these funding decisions based on consultations with educational institutions and the Industry Training Authority, as well as the most-recent labour-market data.

The $171,428 for trades training equipment in 2014-15 is part of B.C.'s Skills for Jobs Blueprint commitment of $185 million over three years for
trades training infrastructure and equipment at public post-secondary institutions. Funding for equipment builds on the announcement in July 2014 of 203 additional critical trades training seats and the $33-million trades training complex at Okanagan College.

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