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Trade seats increased to meet demand

April 27, 2016 12:57 P.M.

An additional 16 seats are being added to the industrial mechanic program at Thompson Rivers University as part of the provincial strategy to align training with in-demand occupations that support the provincial economy.

Additional funding of $21,000 for the seats is intended to align training with in-demand occupations.

“Industrial mechanics are listed among the most in-demand careers in B.C., and our investment will benefit the community by making sure students have the skills necessary for these careers,” Kamloops-South Thompson MLA Todd Stone said on behalf of Advanced Education Minister Andrew Wilkinson. 

Industrial mechanics install, maintain, troubleshoot, overhaul and repair stationary industrial machinery and mechanical equipment. They work in manufacturing plants, utilities and other industrial establishments.

The announcement Wednesday comes shortly before the second anniversary of B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint, a plan to re-engineer the education system by aligning education and training with in-demand jobs in the province.

“These new seats illustrate two of TRU’s important strategic priorities, namely increasing student success and increasing sustainability by preparing our excellent students to support their families and also industries in our communities,” said TRU president Dr. Alan Shaver. “TRU is proud to work with students, the community and government to ensure we thrive in changing times.”


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